Literary canon, educational practice and the allowable limits of debate

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“…the creation of a modern canon coincided with the appearance first of a protean new print medium based on industrial production, intensive capital investment and monopolistic practices (themselves parasitically preying on entrepreneurial inventiveness), which gave way to a gurther information explosion with the appearance of photography, cinema, radio and television vertically and horizontally integrated into the previous print culture.” (p.39)

“The denial of legitimacy to certain forms of publishing, authorship, subject matter and reading practice left reading habits little changed in reality – what changed was educational practice and the allowable limits of debate.” (p.40)

Ref: (italics in original) Clive Bloom (1996) Cult Fiction: Popular reading and pulp theory. Macmillan Press Ltd: London

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