A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

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Rather than windmills, Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Confederacy of Dunces, battles against modernity. Find out why Professor Walter Isaacson thinks Toole's novel should get viewers' votes to be included in The Great American Read series.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups generate a list of modern devices that they feel will lead to the downfall of civilization
Classroom Considerations
  • Familiarity with Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote is helpful but not required
  • Suggested for grades 6-12 but most appropriate for grades 11 and 12 and college-level readers
  • The voting for the Great American Read program has closed
  • Includes discussion questions and a vocabulary list
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