The literary canon is part of the larger “ij.start.canon,” which is a list of the most important, influential, or definitive works in art, literature, music, and philosophy. These works are often described as “the classics,” but the two terms aren’t necessarily synonymous.To be considered part of the canon, a book has to be more than just great and able to withstand the test of time; it has to be considered essential.The term itself is derived from an ancient Greek word for a measuring rod, or standard. Therefore, books that are deemed worthy of entering the canon are considered standards by which all other works are measured.It’s because of this “essential” status that most high school and university curricula consist almost exclusively of books considered to be part of the canon.So, we can say that the canon is subjective and determined by a select few, and while controversies do arise (more on that later), many decisions are obvious.
What is exactly canon?
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