Gabriel García Márquez - Even with the inclusion of authors from the ., the literary canon still seemed overpopulated with English, German, French, and Russian masterpieces. Where's the Spanish? The Pashtu? The Mandarin? Protesters of the 'Western' canon also wanted to broaden the scope of languages and peoples represented in the collection. Renowned Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez was one who helped expand the canon to include more Hispanic writers, with influential works like his Love in the Time of Cholera ( El amor en los tiempos del cólera ).
The value of extensive literary analysis has been questioned by several prominent artists. Vladimir Nabokov once wrote that good readers do not read books, and particularly those which are considered to be literary masterpieces, "for the academic purpose of indulging in generalizations".  At a 1986 Copenhagen conference of James Joyce scholars, Stephen J. Joyce (the modernist writer's grandson) said, "If my grandfather was here, he would have died laughing ... Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man can be picked up, read, and enjoyed by virtually anybody without scholarly guides, theories, and intricate explanations, as can Ulysses , if you forget about all the hue and cry." He later questioned whether anything has been added to the legacy of Joyce's art by the 261 books of literary criticism stored in the Library of Congress . 
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