Canon vs Literature - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between canon and literature

is that canon is while literature is the body of all written works.



(wikipedia canon)


(en noun)
  • A generally accepted principle; a rule.
  • The trial must proceed according to the canons of law.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.
  • (literary) A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field.
  • (turn into real quote) "the durable canon of American short fiction" — William Styron
  • The works of a writer that have been accepted as authentic.
  • the entire Shakespeare canon
  • A eucharistic prayer, particularly the Roman Canon.
  • A religious law or body of law decreed by the church.
  • We must proceed according to canon law.
  • A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order.
  • A member of a cathedral chapter; one who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church.
  • A piece of music in which the same melody is played by different voices, but beginning at different times; a round.
  • Pachelbel’s ''Canon'' has become very popular.
  • (fandom) Those sources, especially including literary works, which are generally considered authoritative regarding a given fictional universe.
  • A spin-off book series revealed the aliens to be originally from Earth, but it's not canon .
  • (cookery) A rolled and filleted loin of meat.
  • a canon of beef or lamb
  • (printing) The largest size of type with a specific name, formerly used for printing the canons of the church.
  • (senseid)The part of a bell by which it is suspended; the ear or shank of a bell.
  • (Knight)
  • (billiards) A carom.
  • Derived terms

    * canon law * canonic * canonicity * canonical * canonise, canonize * canonisation, canonization * canonist * deuterocanonical * noncanonical


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    (wikipedia literature) (Literature) (Literature) (Literature)

    Alternative forms

    * literatuer (obsolete)


  • The body of all written works.
  • The collected creative writing of a nation, people, group or culture.
  • All the papers, treatises etc. published in academic journals on a particular subject.
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  • The obvious question to ask at this point is: ‘Why posit the existence of a set of Thematic Relations (THEME, AGENT, INSTRUMENT, etc.) distinct from constituent structure relations?? The answer given in the relevant literature is that a variety of linguistic phenomena can be accounted for in a more principled way in terms of Thematic Functions than in terms of constituent structure relations.
  • Written fiction of a high standard.
  • However, even “literary” science fiction rarely qualifies as literature , because it treats characters as sets of traits rather than as fully realized human beings with unique life stories. —Adam Cadre, 2008


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