I found myself in Norway quite recently. I was invited by the Norwegian Association of Literary Critics. Norwegian critics are so lively that a stranger can get the feeling that there are more critics than writers. At the end of May and beginning of June 2007, my Norwegian colleagues were extremely excited because they were establishing a Norwegian literary canon: ten literary works were to become representative of Norwegian national literature. The voting results, at least when it came to male-female participation (it seems that among the canonical authors there were two women), were not surprising. Similar voting within any national literature would bring similar results.