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Reading the Canon

I’ve been doing a lot of reading for University and I want to ask something: Does anyone else feel a certain satisfaction from reading a lot of “canon” approved texts? I feel a, possibly deceptive, surge of intelligence, as if I deserve a medal or something for the texts I am reading.

Is this why people hold the literary canon to such a degree? To mock the canon is to mock this feeling of “greatness” of reading it?

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