Othello Essay

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Culture Wars and Language Arts Education: Readings of Othello as a School Text by Farouk Mitha B.A., University of Toronto, 1984 M.A., University of London, 1986 M.A., McGill University, 1993 A Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY in the Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction © Farouk Mitha, 2007 University of Victoria All rights reserved. This thesis may not be reproduced in whole or in part, by photocopy or other means, without the permission of the author. Readings of Othello as a School Text ii Culture Wars and Language Arts Education: Readings of Othello as a School Text by Farouk Mitha B.A., University of Toronto, 1984 M.A., University of London, 1986 M.A., McGill University, 1993 Supervisory Committee Dr. Alison Preece (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) Supervisor Dr. Deborah Begoray (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) Departmental Member Dr. David Blades (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) Departmental Member Dr. Edward Pechter (Department of English) Outside Member Readings of Othello as a School Text Supervisory Committee Dr. Alison Preece (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) Supervisor Dr. Deborah Begoray (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) Departmental Member Dr. David Blades (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) Departmental Member Dr. Edward Pechter (Department of English) Outside Member Abstract Relationships between the terms culture and education are often taken for granted in educational research. This study challenges some of the taken for granted assumptions around the term culture in educational contexts, particularly in secondary language arts education. It examines these assumptions through an analysis of three debates from the iii contemporary culture wars in education. The

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