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The Anticanonical Lesson Of Huckleberry Finn, Sharon E. Rush Jul 2002

The Anticanonical Lesson Of Huckleberry Finn, Sharon E. Rush

UF Law Faculty Publications

Some books included in the canon of American literature no longer belong there, because they presently lack normative approval. Adapting concepts found in constitutional law, an anticanon of American literature functions the way the anticanon of constitutional law would operate and explicitly removes books from the canon. In law, the anticanon identifies outdated interpretations of the constitution. In education, it is time to consider removing from the canon and placing in an anticanon books that are inconsistent with multicultural education. One such book is Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, which is part of the canon of American literature and viewed ...