Literary canon

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  • Essay on Expanding the Literary Canon

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    Expanding the Literary Canon While this essay can in no way claim to contain a fully representative sampling of what various scholars have contributed relative to the ongoing debate over the literary canon, I will attempt to highlight three distinct positions which are all informed by John Guillory's critical contributions to the canonical debate. First, I will discuss the concept of ideology and canon formation as Guillory first articulated it in his 1983 essay, "The Ideology of Canon Formation:

  • The Literary Canon

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    I feel that familiarity with the works of the literary canon is only one of many ways that people can improve their reading and writing skills. Reading is easy, understanding what you read is where the challenge comes in. Some of the canonized books, such as the Bible, Shakespeare stories, Sun Tzu; The Art of War, can be very difficult to comprehend especially for people of younger ages. The whole point of reading is to comprehend and put into perspective whatever you read. There are some books

  • Belonging To A Literary Canon

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    Rooted in the Christian theological discourse, the term “canon” referred to the standardisation of chapters of the Bible and other scriptural writings on the basis of certain qualitative rules. While in literature, the term “canon” suggests a body of literary texts that are considered the most important. The term ‘canon’ seems to apply a certain authority to a work of literature. It offers an official authentication as valuable texts and earns respect as a reward for these texts. However, there is

  • Values Of The Literary Canon

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    talk to you about the importance and the value of the canon in our school systems. The literary canon is a controversial topic between english scholars and it has been debated as to whether or not it is important to continue teaching the canon to students. The canon is quintessential to the school program and will forever be the what makes Literature special. The canon is the be all end all of english texts, in its most simple form the canon is a list of texts which is considered to be the best works

  • The Importance Of Literary Canon

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    read, due to the fact it hinders cultural insight, and literary canon books are beginning to abate. The contrary side may infer that all students of high school English must read particular texts, such as literary canon books because they are most genuine, preeminent and beneficial. This is quite erroneous, though. According to George P. Landow’s article, “The Literary Canon,” “To enter the canon, or more properly, to be entered into the canon is to gain certain obvious privileges” (Source A). Landow

  • The American Literary Canon Analysis

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    church that connects to the protestant reformation also in the sixteenth century Europe. The puritanism and Amish both are hundreds of years old as is the American Literary Canon. This canon consists of american literature from different authors at different times. The Judgement by Beverly Lewis should be a part of the literary canon because it opens deeper perceptions about the lives of the Amish women. It also provides insight for readers to the complex struggles Amish women faced with religion

  • Literary Canon Of The 21st Century

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    “Sonny’s Blues”, written by James Baldwin in 1957. This story shows us the reality as well as the complexity of life matters, and an overall picture of all the subcategories also really shows us the reason why it should be remained as a part of the literary canon of the 21st Century. The story is possibly considered a great one because it meets several standards that are used by critics to determine whether a work is virtuous or whatnot. It also succeeds as a portion of literature because there is so

  • The Literary Canon On The Black Arts Movement

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    1305-05 Dr. Boone March 2, 2016 The Literary Canon How did the Black Arts Movement change the white supremacist of the Literary Canon? Before one can go on to answer this question, students must understand exactly what a literary canon is. “Literary canon” is a term used widely to refer to a group of literary works that are considered the most important of a particular time period or place. Before the 1960’s the canon was widely referred to as the “Western Canon.” However after the Black Arts Movement

  • Western Literary Canon : Significance And Relevance

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    question. Does the Western Literary Canon share significance and relevance to everyone? But before that, one simple question. What is literature? Isn’t it just a bunch of words gathered on paper? One of the unbroken problems focused from this topic is that there has never been a stable predetermined definition of what exactly literature is. Yet it can be argued that the ‘Western Literary Canon’ was the first attempt of literary criteria. The criteria - the ‘Western Literary Canon’-of which we judge or

  • The Portrayal of Women in the American Literary Canon

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    relations in society are reinforced by literary depictions of men and women. The American literary canon is a collection of books that are widely accepted as influential in shaping Western culture. Stereotypes are evident throughout these texts, and often serve to justify the continuance of traditional roles. More specifically, women seem to be the target of cataloguing and other negative depictions. Classic books that are identified as part of the American literary canon tend to portray female characters

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