Definition: In the realm of fiction and literature, the canon is the accepted body of works for a particular author or group of writers. Canonical novels, short stories and plays are studied in academic circles, and they are often considered representative of a period or genre.
It has been said that the canon is filled with works by "dead white guys." However, the canon has been hotly debated in more recent years, as the value of multicultural, minority, and women's literature has been reevaluated.
Common Misspellings: cannon, canen, cenon
Examples: Thirty-seven plays by William Shakespear are generally considered to be part of the canon.