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Questions tagged [canon]

Questions about the collection or selection of genuine or important works of literature. This includes questions about accepted religious works (for example, the Biblical canon), the genuine works of an author (for example, the Shakespeare canon), important works in a culture (for example, the Western canon) and works agreed as portraying a fictional universe (for example, the Sherlock Holmes canon).

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Is it reasonable to use the movie version of a book to interpret the book when the same author wrote both?

Related: How much weight should we give authors' declarations of their intent after the fact? Just to give a concrete example of what I'm asking about, I'm thinking in particular about The Hunger ...
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What exactly is canon?

I've seen the word canon used occasionally on this site. I've also seen it used quite extensively on Stack Exchange's science fiction and fantasy site. I'm pretty sure I know what the word means, ...
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Matthew Arnold's anthology of literature for use in schools

While reading Lynette Hunter's lecture text "What Is Literary Value?" (Gresham College, 1997), I came across the following passage (emphasis mine): What gets into and what stays out of the canon is ...
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Virginia Woolf's stance on literary canon

What was Virginia Woolf's take on literary canon? How does her book A Room of One's Own argue or imply that literary canon should be changed?
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