Cernel Joson wrote:
Magister Ludi wrote:Yeah what would be in the mysterious "literature written in English" that is separate from American and British literature?
Canadian and Australian, maybe? People like Salman Rushdie?
That's true. So, I'll admit that the proposed distro is a route to incorporate what would usually be called, for convenience, world lit into not-quite-world areas of the distribution. (I assumed "lit written in English" would largely entail more American and British.) The issue--even if you intend it to be 1/1 Commonwealth Lit, in essence--is that the distribution is sort of orthogonal to what anyone prepares for. (It would be like having a lit subdistribution of 1/1 non-world prose, 1/1 non-world poetry, 1/1 non-world drama, and 1/1 world... even if in that
situation, it's possible to write a tournament that incidentally
provides 1/1 American, 1/1 British, and 1/1 Euro, it's also impossible to expect that.
This isn't to defend the extant literature distribution (though I do think that it's a better distribution than what you're proposing); I think it's very difficult to argue that one distribution is superior in all cases to all others. (Obviously 4/4 American lit is worse than almost all other distributions, but once you get to trying to distinguish "the best" from "epsilon away from the best," your criteria get sticky.) What I do
think it is possible to argue, and what I think ought to be argued in this situation, is that by presenting a new category like this undermines distributional expectations, hindering preparation, and as such regular season tournaments aren't the best place for such innovation.