Literary Canon Literature

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Challenging literary canon, even in small ways, can be a daunting task for teachers of literature. Literary canon in the western world grew out university reading lists and the work of anthologists who compiled collections of “Great” texts that each anthologist considered the cornerstone of proper education, such as the Harvard Classics, containing fifty-one volumes ranging from folklore and fables to poetry, prose, and drama and spanning many centuries of literature in the English language. Many people today, students and teachers included, consider these works of canon to be the ultimate selection of works to read if a person wants to be well-read or well-educated in the English discipline. Yet, students, teachers, and scholars of pedagogy…show more content…
Video games are the subject of controversy both in and out of academia, with many parents, scholars, and authority figures dismissing the potential values of video games entirely because of the violence or other adult content that some video games contain. For example, professor Melina Uncapher of UCSF wrote an article titled “Action Video Gameplay: Benefits and Dangers” in which she explained the education benefits of action games, including the development of skills like multitasking and decision-making. However, she went on to assert that no researchers would specify any particular game titles or most-beneficial game play timeframes for action games. She…show more content…
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However, the inaccuracies in this statement lead me to view the entire article with a level of skepticism. There are countless action games that are rated “T” (for teens) or younger. Not to mention that the “R” rating is not used by the ESRB to begin with (the standard rating system in the US). The ESRB uses “M” (for mature age 17+ or sometimes “AO” (adults only age 18+). It is true that Splatoon is rated “E10+” (for everyone age 10 and up), but there are many others action games not rated M. Action games rated “T” include the Final Fantasy series of games, Monster Hunter: World, Jak and Daxter (each of the action role-play or action adventure subgenre), Destiny (first-person shooter subgenre), Injustice (fighting subgenre), Fortnite (a survival and battle royal game available in alpha and beta testing as early as 2014) and Portal (platform subgenre). Many Mario and other Nintendo games, Sonic the Hedgehog, two of the three Sly Cooper games (each of the platform subgenre) and Minecraft (survival subgenre) are rated “E” (for everyone). These are just a few of the widely popular action game titles of recent years that were already available when Uncapher published
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