2015 | 47 | 85-96
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A Vicious Circle: How Canon Continues to Reinforce Sex Segregation in Literature in the 21st century

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Błędne koło, czyli jak kanon literacki wymusza segregację płciową w literaturze XXI wieku
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Artykuł omawia sposób, w jaki podział na literaturę męską i kobiecą jest podtrzymywany w kanonie literatury anglosaskiej w XXI w. Literatura kobieca jest nadal postrzegana jako gorsza i wtórna w stosunku do literatury pisanej przez mężczyzn i dla mężczyzn oraz powszechnie klasyfikowana jako literatura popularna. Artykuł podaje przykłady takiej redukcjonistycznej krytyki, dokonuje statystycznego przeglądu obecności kobiet na listach mających ustanawiać „najlepsze” powieści w historii bądź w XX wieku i analizuje częstotliwość kategoryzowania pisarzy w Wikipedii pod kątem płci.
This article demonstrates how sex segregation is still present in the canon of Western literature in the 21st century. It draws on the historical roots of the belief that male literature is qualitatively better than female literature and analyzes the various ways in which this view is reproduced by the canon and canon formation itself. The argument is based on a statistical survey of several lists trying to present the “best novel” or “works of fiction” that were published around the turn of the millennium, both those prepared by readers as well as by critics and authors, and it takes note of the tendency of people from the literary establishment to neglect female authorship. A survey of how male and female authors are categorized on the Wikipedia is also included. The article then focuses on such problematic issues as dismissing works written by women as popular and the role the publishing industry plays in this practice.
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