Unencyclopedic articles, part 2
This section is a perfect example for what we don’t need inside of one article on Wikipedia.
Until I switched to general linguistics, I studied Serbian language and literature, which had a course in world literature. So, I am not a completely amateur in this field. Yes, I know that this course is not the best one, but it gave to me some general methods and knowledge.
First of all, the section is original research in it’s full scale and may be a nice example in the set of answers on “what you shouldn’t write on Wikipedia”.
Here are some points which make this section almost funny and explain why such things shouldn’t exist on Wikipedia:
- According to my knowledge (and which is proven inside of the article), real Western precursors of novels are not novels (because there were no novels), but epics and religious texts: From Gilgamesh and Bible via Homer to Vergilius. Inside of article some biographies are mentioned. According to this standard, Plato’s The Republic may also be one of the Western precursors. And so on.
- The introduction to the main party starts in 16th century. In comparison to other Western novels, importance of More’s Utopia and Rabelais’s Gargantua and Pantagruel is significantly bigger then importance of other six other novels. And section name is “Important novels”.
- The same relation is in 17th century between Don Quixote de la Mancha and other novels.
- While I may recognize a number of important novels from 18th century, party begins. Maybe I’ll be too hard toward some writers, but intention of this list was not to show important novels of some particular culture, but important novels in general. Here are some examples: Clarissa is important for Anglo-Saxon culture as “a commonly cited as the longest novel in English language”, but it seems that it is added by some student who was reading this novel. Also, The Adventures of Nicholas Experience is important for Polish culture as the first Polish novel, but I am very skeptical about it’s influence in a global culture.
- Party is fully developed in 19th century: I would like to know why the novel A Voz do Profeta is globally significant. There is no article on Wikipedia about this novel.
- The Man with the Golden Touch is a novel written by Hungarian author Mór Jókai. Note that I live in Serbia which borders with Hungary. Influence of this novel is so big that I’ve never heard for it. Even I heard for a lot of Hungarians as well as I am generally introduced in Hungarian culture. (If you are generally introduced in, for example, Irish culture, you will know that James Joyce was Irish. The same is with Spanish culture and Cervantes; or even with Hungarian culture and Sándor Petőfi and Franz Liszt).
- I don’t want to talk about every novel from 20th century, but according to the list, the most significant classical 20th century novelists are by nationality: USA (6), Poland (4), England (2), Germany (2), Ireland (1), France (1), Austria (1) and India (1).
The only encyclopedic list which would cover such field would be citation of one or more scholas.
See other unencyclopedic articles.