Before Judt was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in the summer of 2008, he was planning to follow up Postwar, a now canonical account
of Europe since 1945, with a history of 20th-century social thought.
Her suggestion that there is no canonical account
of God's interaction with his people between 450 BCE and the birth of Jesus (182) ignores such postexilic writings as the Chronicler's History, the Book of Daniel, and most of the Wisdom Literature.
King Kalasoka is not mentioned in the canonical account
, and we do not infer from this that there were no kings at the time.
Since at least the earliest canonical account
of the institution of the Lord's Supper, found in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, Christians have had difficulty eating together.
But in the Middle Ages it became an apple, which obviously caught the popular imagination in a lasting way, and if an apple communicated the underlying concept, it was a perfectly acceptable addendum to the canonical account
Further, the canonical account
is premised upon an understanding of constitutional change that emphasizes constitutional proceduralism over other more substantive recognition rules.
Such "lost histories" ask us to reconsider the nature of historical truth and to look for those individuals or groups absent from our canonical accounts
of the past.
The entire project of juxtaposing canonical and non-canonical accounts
is designed to challenge the status of those canonical accounts
as self-referential authorities, and display the myriad ways in which the canon is transformed by these revisions, revisitings, and cultural memory.
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen wrote in the January 21st issue of The New Republic, "[A]ntisemitism's marginalized place in the canonical accounts
of Western history may be owed to a simple fact: that the main responsibility for producing this all-time leading Western hatred lies with Christianity.
Kete moves from a "thick description" (following the anthropologist Clifford Geertz) of Harriet Gould's Book to more canonical accounts
of mourning in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's The Gates Ajar, as well as in the poetry of Lydia Sigourney and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The pattern of the book remains the same throughout: collect a handful of books, identify the jigsaw puzzle, build the platform of understanding, and suggest a path beyond the suggested canonical accounts
Like last year's "Global Conceptualism," "Beyond Preconceptions" attempts to offer a more decentralized view of the art of the '60s than canonical accounts