From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Canon is the "accepted" or "official" version or type of something. In the context of this wiki, a group of artistic works that are generally accepted as representing a field. The concept is derived from the biblical canon. It is a concept which has been attacked (esp. the Western canon) since the postmodern era but is regarded as a necessary evil in the context of education. A writer or artist has been canonized if one can point to him as a mononym, by his first or last name only. For example, there is only one Beckett, Samuel Beckett.
From Old French canon, from Latin canōn, from Ancient Greek κανών (kanṓn, “measuring rod, standard”), akin to κάννα (kánna, “reed”), perhaps from Semitic (compare Hebrew קָנֶה (qane, “reed”)). See also cane.
- Dead white males
- Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns
- Western canon, the books, music, and art that have been the most influential in shaping Western culture
- Film canon, the limited number of masterpieces by which all other films are judged
- High culture
- Gay canon
- No More Masterpieces (1938), an essay by Antonin Artaud
- Popular culture studies
- Contemporary liberal pluralism
- School of resentment