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Firing the Canon
Firing the canon
The Challenge of the Canon

The National Curriculum for England: English (DfEE/QCA, 1999) specifies the writers that are included in a canon for secondary English. Between the ages of 11 and 16, children are required to study texts by authors included in a prescribed list. They must study two major prose writers published before 1914 (from Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, John Bunyan, Wilkie Collins, Joseph Conrad, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Eliot, Henry Fielding, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stephenson, Jonathan Swift, Anthony Trollope and H.G. Wells) and works by four major poets published before 1914 (from Matthew Arnold, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Blake, Emily Bronte, Robert Browning, Robert Burns, Lord ...

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