Counterfactual and future Romanticisms
The academy and the canon
in Counterfactual Romanticism
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Focusing on counterfactualism in the classroom, this chapter considers the affordances of the counterfactual as regards the value-laden process of canon formation. The chapter forges an alternative Romantic canon curriculum in the face of the very difficulty the author sees in imagining such an entity at the present time. The relation between the new curriculum canon and that which currently obtains is an uncanny one; the effect of the experiment is to render existing structures negotiable and to prompt the reader-pedagogue’s own views concerning who should be the beneficiaries of the imagined new–old canon. Looking to the future of Romanticism in the classroom, the chapter prophesies a curriculum heavily influenced by the values and methods of creative writing and creative-critical practice – one that returns us to a modality of Romanticism we thought we had outgrown.

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