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 (kə-nŏn′ĭ-kəl) also ca·non·ic (-ĭk)
1. Of, relating to, or required by canon law.
2. Of or appearing in the biblical canon.
3. Conforming to orthodox or well-established rules or patterns, as of procedure.
4. Of or belonging to a cathedral chapter.
5. Of or relating to a literary canon: a canonical writer like Keats.
6. Music Having the form of a canon.

ca·non′i·cal·ly adv.
can′on·ic′i·ty (kăn′ə-nĭs′ĭ-tē) n.


(Ecclesiastical Terms) the fact or quality of being canonical


(ˌkæn əˈnɪs ɪ ti)

the quality of being canonical.
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The introduction and first two chapters establish the book's agenda and explore the middle-period quartets in broad outline, focusing on such issues as genre, function, canonicity, historiography, and performance.
It is useful here to draw a distinction between private and a public founding because, while Swinburne can be regarded as founder in terms of having been the first to seek an English readership for Villon through translation, the very fact that Rossetti has for so long been credited with introducing English readers to Villon and the canonicity of his translations themselves are issues that muddy the water.
Cultural Capital, which introduced Pierre Bourdieu and the sociology of literature to the American academic scene, considered the importance of social and institutional conditions of canonising and concluded that canonicity is a function not just of identities, but of literacy, language use, critical and aesthetic practices, and political economy (Guillory 2004).
An exhibition this size seems a mark of canonicity.
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This view can be substantiated by the absence of later debate about the canonicity of the prophets, the lack of Greek words in the prophetic books, and the inclusion of Daniel and Chronicles in the Writings rather than in the Prophets.
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Her chapter on literature compares the works of Sam Greenlee, John Okada, and Alice Walker, and is especially illuminating in tracing the mechanisms of guerrilla subjectivity and its relationship to the politics of canonicity and minority literature.
Though many well-known theatres, plays, playwrights and managers appear in the pages of this volume--including Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop, John Osborne and the Royal Court, Samuel Beckett and Tennessee Williams--Nicholson's painstaking research reminds us that there was (and is) no necessary relation between censorious disapprobation, critical recognition, and canonicity.
The concurrent publication of South Today with major critical quarterlies demonstrates important, divergent trends in how intellectuals and authors in the United States were thinking at that time about the canonicity and the institutionalization of literary studies because of its attention to global political and social issues in a literary, regional context.
Luther was making a polemical point about the canonicity of these books.