The Root rewrites the Western Canon
Take a look at this redo of the Western Canon, by The Root.
No Dante, Milton or Shakespeare; for that matter, most of the 24 books were written in the late 20th century. Here's the list:
1) The Education of a British-Protected Child by Chinua Achebe (2009)
2) The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Adichie (2009)
3) The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)
4) Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde (1982)
5) A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters by Julian Barnes (1989)
6) Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau (1997)
7) Age of Iron by J.M. Coetzee (1990)
8) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007)
9) Native Son by Richard Wright (1940)
10) Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (1936)
11) Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
12) Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala (2006)
13) Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs (1861)
14) The Known World by Edward P. Jones (2004)
15) Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid (1990)
16) King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild (1998)
17) The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu (2007)
18) A Bend in the River by VS Naipaul (1975)
19) The Nature of Blood by Caryl Phillips (1997)
20) The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah (1991)
21) Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (1997)
22) The Venus Hottentot by Elizabeth Alexander (1990)
23) King Hedley II by August Wilson (1999)
24) Omeros by Derek Walcott (1990)
What do you think? Should today's students still be reading classic Western literature?
| November 3, 2009; 12:34 PM ET
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