“In the Canon, For all the Wrong Reasons” by Amy Tan
1. Tan raises some great points about what gets included in the canon. A) How does she react when people tell her she should be a spokesperson for her race? B) Do you think writers of varied backgrounds have any responsibility to anyone other than themselves if they’ve been included in a text like ours that gets read and studied in college? Why or why not?
2. What seems to be Tan’s ultimate point about why she writes? Quote a specific passage or passages from the essay to support your answer.
3. ”Why Read and Write About Literature” and “What is Literary Analysis”