Resisting the Literary Canons

The opposition to the the official national canons of literature should be focused on recognition of the inherently statist or nationalist character of their composition.
The criteria for forming canons should be intrinsic, not extrinsic – this requirement necessitates the following institutional changes:

  • state-affiliated institutions should have no more power over the school and university curricula;
  • the canon should be a product of consensus of the producers of the literature that do not depend on the state;
  • the didactic element must play no significant role in the formation of the canon.

Going back to the Ruᛋᛋian canon, it can clearly be seen that it has nothing to do with the literary qualities of the authors. Only the recognition by the Powers-that-Be has caused Pushkin, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky to be taught as the prime examples of the Ruᛋᛋian literature.

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