Checkpoint: Literary Canon
Erin Hailey Patton
October 26, 2010
Write a 175-300 word response to the following questions:
1.) What literature do you consider to be part of the United States current literary canon and why? Over the years literature has changed quite a bit, new genres of the wood works as well as readers becoming more interested in the classics like wuthering heights or pride and prejudice. I think that novels about mysteries to romance and play rights to poetry are all considered literary canon in the United States. 2.) How do those selections reflect the culture tradition of the United States? Many are also becoming more interested in mysteries and detective related novels. This might be because of the many different types of detective shows on television, for example Law and Order, Blue Bloods, or CSI. The major trend right now just happens to be my favorite topic vampire fiction. There is not a person around my area that does not know or at least heard about Stephanie Meyer’s creation, The Twilight Saga. I remember when I first read Twilight; it only took me 24 straight hours to read it I just could not put it down. 3.) What do you consider to be part of your personal literary canon? These genres are exciting and are getting the younger audience interested in reading again. I consider mystery, suspense, thriller, poetry, playwrights, and novels about the unknown to be part of my personal literary canon. I like to read stories that allow me to escape to another world, for example my favorite book is actually the first classic that I read, Gone with the Wind.
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