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©koninklijkebrillnv,leiden,2016|doi:10.1163/24056480-00101012JournalofWorldLiterature1(2016)119–127brill.com/jwlC[email protected]cityu.edu.hkAbstractCanonortheclassicreferstothebestandmostrepresentativeworksinaliteraryorculturaltradition,andtheriseofworldliteraturenowprovidesanopportunityforscholarsofdifferentliterarytraditions,particularlynon-Westernandthelesswell-knownandinsufficientlystudied“minor”traditions,tointroduceandpresentthecanonicalworkstheyknowbesttoformacanonofworldliteratures.Worldliteratureisnotjustalltheworksthathappentocirculatebeyondtheircultureoforigin,butthecollectivebodyofthebestcanonicalworksfromvariousliterarytraditionsthatcirculatetoconstitutewhatwecallworldliterature.Keywordscanon–jing–sutra–classic–decanonization–postcolonialism–literarycriti-cismThewordcanoncomesfromtheGreekkanon,whichmeans“astraightrod,”“aruler,”andthus“astandard,”anditwasusedbyscholarsintheAlexandrianlibraryinthethirdandsecondcenturiesbctoref...