Of Cabbages and Kings

October 31, 2006

Syllabi and kingmakers

Filed under: Across the Universe, Random musing, Uncategorized — Chinmayi @ 4:59 pm

A Guardian article on how Zadie Smith rubs shoulders with Jane Austen in the classroom, and on how if a book is made part of the A-level course reading, the sales automatically shoot up. Read it here – it has a whole bunch of interesting perspectives in it.

We hardly ever did anything modern as part of our ICSE examination system – our English teacher once mentioned ruefully, that they picked texts on which the copyright had expired so that the price and tampering* wasn’t too big a deal.

*The Board liked to edit all the naughtier bits of Shakespeare out. And if they couldn’t handle Shakespeare subtle little hints, one can only imagine what they would do when confronted with untamperable Alice Walker or for that matter, Zadie Smith.

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