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Paul Lauter
Trinity College, Hartford (Hartford, CT 06106-3100)

Toward Revision of the American Literary Canon

To propose a tentative theory of "canonicity." To revitalize the standard American literary curriculum. The American Canon was established during the 1920-1940 period. Study will concentrate on such writers as Melville, Emily Dickinson, Jack London, the Afro- American writers, Agnes Smedley, Mary Heaton Vorse, etc., writers who became popular, then declined etc. P.I. proposes to determine what combination of literary, ideological and cultural forces establish or change a canon.

Project fields:
American Literature; Literary Criticism

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Research Programs

Total amounts:
$2,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1975 – 8/31/1975