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Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Western Canon

Lesson from the Shenzhen Daily:

Practice the conversation; study the vocabulary; then discuss the questions with a friend in English.

1. Is there a "canon" in your language? What does it include?
2. Are you familiar with any of the authors and works mentioned here: Gilgamesh, Homer, Plato, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Ovid, Virgil, Galen, Beowulf, Shakespeare, Dante, and Darwin? If so, talk about them.
3. Why aren't modern books included in the canon? Do you think they should be?

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