Monday, May 26, 2014

Literature in the news, and TV as literature

From NPR

"Killed The Mockingbird? American Classics Cut From British Reading List"
British Education Secretary Michael Gove has decided that the English literature list for a national exam needs to be more English, so he is swapping American texts in the curriculum for British ones. The new books have not yet been announced, but Gove's changes have prompted an outcry.
From, more on how we learn empathy from fiction, this time broadened from literature to include film -- though TV did not have the same effect, at least among preschoolers.

Also on, author Lorrie Moore talks about TV as literature, with links to her essays on "The Wire," "Friday Night Lights," and "Homeland" (only the Homeland essay is freely available to non-subscribers to the New York Review of Books).

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