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Classic Literature Discussion Thread

Unread postby GaycrazyBoi » 1st February, 2017, 7:10 pm

Hello, all.

Apologies if this is in the wrong place.

So, I recently bought two books, one a Japanese cult classic "Battle Royale" and a German folk story/play "Faust". This got the ball rolling- what classifies something as classical literature? What IS classical literature? Does age play a part? All these are valid questions, so, let's discuss, shall we?

My favorite literary classic that nobody can argue against is "Sherlock Holmes". Why? It's old enough to be recognizable. It's modern adaptations make it worth a view and then a read. It's relevant. It's immersive. It's awe-inspiring, humbling, and interesting. You find yourself trying to solve the case with Sherlock.

But, does, say, Hunger Games count as classic? What about Fahrenheit 451? What makes something classical? What requirements does it have to meet?
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Re: Classic Literature Discussion Thread

Unread postby Pity » 2nd February, 2017, 11:14 am

I don't read, especially classical literature. I did read the Great Gatsby and I did really enjoy that. If we're talking real classical, I read a bit of Dante's Inferno (from 1300s) and it was pretty decent.
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Re: Classic Literature Discussion Thread

Unread postby Hohenidoom » 2nd February, 2017, 12:19 pm

The devil in Faust (Methistopeles) is also the name of a 21.7 litre land speed record Fiat (146mph).
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Re: Classic Literature Discussion Thread

Unread postby GaycrazyBoi » 2nd February, 2017, 3:57 pm

Pity wrote:I don't read, especially classical literature. I did read the Great Gatsby and I did really enjoy that. If we're talking real classical, I read a bit of Dante's Inferno (from 1300s) and it was pretty decent.


Never read that. Might order that one next, but 1984 is high on my priorities list.

Hohenidoom wrote:The devil in Faust (Methistopeles) is also the name of a 21.7 litre land speed record Fiat (146mph).


The relevance being...?
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Re: Classic Literature Discussion Thread

Unread postby Turn » 3rd February, 2017, 10:25 pm

Classical literature would constitute being a part of some canon, or rather an established publication considered a foundational contribution to some genre.
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Re: Classic Literature Discussion Thread

Unread postby GaycrazyBoi » 3rd February, 2017, 10:33 pm

Turn wrote:Classical literature would constitute being a part of some canon, or rather an established publication considered a foundational contribution to some genre.


Can you rephrase that? I don't think I understand you.
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Re: Classic Literature Discussion Thread

Unread postby Turn » 3rd February, 2017, 10:56 pm

GaycrazyBoi wrote:
Turn wrote:Classical literature would constitute being a part of some canon, or rather an established publication considered a foundational contribution to some genre.


Can you rephrase that? I don't think I understand you.

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Re: Classic Literature Discussion Thread

Unread postby George » 5th February, 2017, 4:45 am

Art of War, Original Kafka, and The Handmaids Tale. The last isnt so old but its good none the less.
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Re: Classic Literature Discussion Thread

Unread postby GaycrazyBoi » 5th February, 2017, 12:46 pm

George wrote:Art of War, Original Kafka, and The Handmaids Tale. The last isnt so old but its good none the less.


Does age have to be a factor in determining if it is "Classic"?
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