Canon and Its Changes Essay

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Canon and its changes Visovan Maria-Cristina, EN-FR If we'd begin this essay analyzing the title given then we would come to a general sense for the term 'canon', as long as it is not limited to a certain acceptance or field. Canon has been defined as being a characteristic of many fields: beginning with the ecclesiastical field, where it has a well-defined and strict referent, because of the infallibility of the institution in charge (Canon Law and other books), and going on with other domains that needed a list of 'classic' works that would confirm their identity, amongst which we enumerate: arts and literature, philosophy, history and also nowadays visual arts. But, as literature is our concerned field , it is obvious for us to refer to it and to the changes that occured concerning the criteria of choosing the canonical works along these last centuries of English literature. In order to follow these features, we will analyse fragments of the works of some authors that are considered canonical writers: Swift, Thackeray, Conrad, Huxley and McEwan, looking at them through a lens that is Brian McHale’s Constructing Postmodernism. Brian McHale speaks about the way in which are used the two personal pronouns that are I and the pronoun of direct address You and the equivalence between them, saying also that they imply each other. He also speaks about an important function of modern literature, communication. For this, he mentions here the elements of this function, that are addresser and addressee, the compulsory units of a communication, which are although only hypothetical when we speak about a modern work, because the narratorial voice plays the role of the addresser, but us, the hypothetical readers, the role of the addressees. Even though this is the situation, the addresser wouldn't be an addresser if he wouldn't have begun to write with the

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