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The Issue of The Literary Canon in The Swedish School System
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2010 (English)In: The Literary Canon Approaches to The Teaching Literature in Different Contexts / [ed] Florentina Sâmihăian, Bukarest, Rumänien,: Editura Universitătii din Bucureşti , 2010, 37-42 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This research investigates approaches to teaching world literature in the International

Baccalaureate (IB) English A program. Reading world literature can connect students

with experiences outside their own, and build bridges between different cultures, times,

and places. This research suggests practices for the world literature classroom that help

students foster understanding between cultures and an awareness of multiple

perspectives, and supports the IB aim of creating “a better and more peaceful world” (IB,

2009). Combining literature review with narrative interviews of eleven IB English

teachers, the research also articulates challenges to teaching world literature (the enduring

power of the literary canon, difficulties of working in translation, prior knowledge of

students, limitations of schools and curricula) as well as potential benefits of reading

world literature (self awareness, increased empathy, connection to other places and

times). The findings suggests that to meet the international and peace aims of the

program the IB should take measures to increase the diversity of texts taught in the

Works in Translation component of the course and provide additional resources for

classroom teachers to engage with new texts outside the traditional canon, with a

particular emphasis on the inclusion of Indigenous and post-colonial texts. These

approaches will allow students to interact with a broader range of stories and experiences,

and contribute to the possibility of a better and more peaceful world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bukarest, Rumänien,: Editura Universitătii din Bucureşti , 2010. 37-42 p.
Keyword [en]
Canon, Teaching Literature
Keyword [sv]
Kanon, litteraturundervisning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-64050ISBN: 978-973-737-790-6OAI: diva2:385497
Available from: 2011-01-11 Created: 2011-01-11 Last updated: 2013-04-29Bibliographically approved

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