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Cook, Roy T. "Canonicity and Normativity in Massive, Serialized, Collaborative Fiction." Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71. (2013): 271–76. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1111/jaac.12021
BibTeX citation key: Cook2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: Canon, DC, Marvel, Philosophy, Seriality, Superhero, USA
Creators: Cook
Collection: Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
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In this essay, I examine the practice of separating massive, serialized, collaborative fictions into canonical and noncanonical subtexts. This examination comes in three main parts. First, I briefly examine what is meant by “massive serialized collaborative fiction” (or MSCF) and highlight some relevant characteristics of MSCFs. Next, I provide an overview of a distinction often made within MSCFs—the canon versus noncanon divide. Finally, I determine whether there are good reasons for drawing canon versus noncanon distinctions within MSCFs. As we shall see, there are obvious practical and pragmatic reasons for drawing such distinctions, but what is more interesting is that there might be philosophically substantial reasons—that is, reasons relevant to our philosophical understanding of these works as fictions—underlying canonicity practices.
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