posted by danny on .
Expanding the Canon . . . tends to drive out the better writers, sometimes even the best, because pragmatically none of us (whoever we are) ever had time to read absolutely everything . . . inadequate authors will consume the energies that would be better invested in stronger writers. (Harold Bloom)
is this traditional?
As times have changed and as our culture continues to evolve, the concerns of teenagers have changed as well. Let's face it, a teenager's attention span for literature is short; few have the patience, determination, or energy to wade through a Dickens novel in search of an epiphany." (Matt Copeland)
There is no 'essence' of literature whatsoever . . . any writing may be read 'poetically'. If I pore over the railway timetable not to discover a train connection but to stimulate in myself general reflections on the speed and complexity of modern existence, then I might be said to be reading it as literature. (Terry Eagleton)
That sounds more progressive to me.