Canon Fodder-Friday: Western World Literature

Today I’d like to consider and open up a discussion on what should be the educational canon for non-English, Western World Literature. This is to build on previous weeks’ consideration of the Literary Canon and the Poetry Canon. In general, I find the educational canon in the English-language countries to be very English-language based as if all of the great strides in literature have indeed occurred in England and later in America. While both acknowledging and disregarding the problems with translations, I wish to compile the Top Ten List of what needs to be included that came from non-English cultures, though my list in blatantly Western in scope.

1) Franz Kafka–The Trial (Der Prozess) and “The Metamorphosis” (“Die Verwandlung”)
2) Anton Chekhov–“The Cherry Orchard” (“Vishnevyi sad”)
3) Federico Garcia Lorca–Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre)
4) Albert Camus–The Stranger (L’Etranger) and The Plague (La Peste)
5) Samuel Beckett–Waiting for Godot (En attendant Godot)
6) Jean-Paul Satre–Nausea (La Nausee)
7) Thomas Mann–Death in Venice (Der Tod in Venedig)
8) Hermann Hesse–Siddhartha
9) Gabriel Garcia Marquez–One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien anos de soledad)
10) Italo Calvino–Cosmicomics

Also, check out the further addition of Canon-Fodder Fridays:
March 27th– Non-fiction Canon and Other [plays, graphic novels etc.]

Also, April is International Poetry Month. My Friday posts with all be poetry-related:
April 3rd– Poetry Forms I: Haikus and Limericks
April 10th– Poetry Forms II: Sonnets, Villanelles and Sestinas
April 17th– Poetry: Rhyming and Sounds
April 24th– Poetry: Avoiding Abstractions and Cliches


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