The Canon and Canons, or, How to Understand the Notion 'Homosexual Literature'
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The article discusses the thesis (as postulated by G. Ritz, among others) affirming the presence of 'homosexual tests' in the Polish literary canon. Discussed is the way in which the terms 'homosexual literature' and 'literary canon' function, as well as their reciprocal associations. 'Homosexuality' of a literary piece is discussed against a comparative background and using specific literary examples, in reference to the findings of international and Polish literary studies. The author comes to the conclusion that the notion 'homosexual literature' is situated in an interpretative (rather than literary-historical) order and outside of the literary canon as a traditional concept, whilst not precluding the occurrence of a separate, 'particular' canon of 'homosexual/gay literature'.
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