The Hospitable Canon

Essays on literary play, scholarly choice, and popular pressures

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The papers in this book respond to the public debate over literary canons, in the United States, and elsewhere, by placing the political-ideological aspects of the conflict inside perspectives derived from comparative literature. Canons are seen by most of the contributors as based on democratic and communal intentions or choices inevitable filtered through and colored by historical experiences and social biases.An examination of the canonical process over many centuries reveals both the impressive durability of its elements and the amazing flexibility of its outlines. The careful individual analyses, as well as the thought-provoking general contributions in this volume agree that the democracy of play is one of the strongest bonds uniting the human race. “Canons or canons”, the contributors argue, are based on it and reflect the intimate interdependence of cultural and intellectual matters with the workings of society as a whole. Contributors Charles Altieri, Lilian R. Furst, Michael G. Cooke, Robert Royal, Roger Shattuck, Rosa E.M.D. Penna, Glen M. Johnson, Yves Chevrel, Raymond A. Prier, Peter Walker, Christopher Clausen, Virgil Nemoianu.
[Cultura Ludens, 4]  1991.  x, 252 pp.
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Table of Contents
Foreword
vii
Canons and Differences
Charles Altieri
1
Reading ‘Nasty’ Great Books
Lilian R. Furst
39
Marginality: Stickball, Narcissus, and the Demands of Faith
Michael S. Cooke
53
Creative Intuition, Great Books, and Freedom of Intellect
Robert Royal
67
Perplexing Lessons: Is There a Core Tradition in the Humanities?
Roger Shattuck
85
Jorge Luis Borges and the Canon of English Literature
Rosa E. M. D. Penna
97
The Teaching Anthology and the Canon of American Literature: Some Notes on Theory in Practice
Glen M. Johnson
111
Multiple Points of View: A Study of French Comparative Literature Syllabi
Yves Chevrel
137
Laocoön IV: An Essay Upon the Pragmatics of Art and the Limits of Criticism
Raymond A. Prier
153
Arnold's Legacy: Religious Rhetoric of Critics on the Literary Canon
Peter Walker
181
“Canon,” Theme, and Code
Christopher Clausen
199
Literary Canons and Social Value Options
Virgil Nemoianu
215
Contributors
249
Index
253
Subjects

Literature & Literary Studies

Comparative literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  91008337
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1993. A European canon of literature?. European Review 1:01  pp. 21 ff. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1062798700000351
Ukpokodu, I. Peter
1995. “LEST ONE GOOD CUSTOM SHOULD CORRUPT THE WORLD:” AFRICAN THEATRE AND THE “HOLY” CANON. South African Theatre Journal 9:2  pp. 3 ff. https://doi.org/10.1080/10137548.1995.9688156

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