[LMB] OT: Is there such a thing as a 'canon'? (was a review of romance novels)

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 22:46:04 BST 2014

In the sense that 'canon' is being used here:  no, there isn't, and there
shouldn't be.  A literary canon is only defined when someone wants to
control what's considered important - remarkably, it always seems to be the
aspects of the field that they've studied deeply and teach.  It's an
attempt to define the field such that one particular faction corners the
market in influence and status.  An intellectual monopoly.

Thankfully, SF is so poorly regarded by the academic mainstream that there
have been few attempts to gain dominance-by-fiat.

Matt G.

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