Warhammer 40k an in depth analysis: Introduction

This series will contain an in depth analysis of the major concepts, factions and themes of the Warhammer 40k universe created by Games Workshop UK. We will start with analysing each faction, theme etc individually. Later we will  compare and contrast these different parts.

The goal of this series of texts is to try and legitimize the analysis and discussion of similar series. I also wish to spread intellectual discussion about the media you are passionate about.

Next time we will start our deep dive in to the The Empire of Mankind, the totalitarian and Gothic description of humanity in year 40.000.

Canon: an introduction

This article will serve as an introductory look in to the term Canon, and how we will use it moving forward.  The term canon is most commonly used to group a series of works together. Usually you discuss  one or two connections. The first is a real world, or para-textual connection such as the canon of an author. a country 1. The second is a fictional, or intertextual connections, like the Star Wars canon, or canon or non canon episodes of fresh prince of Bel Air.

In this series we will mostly focus on the second definition. This is not to say that the other definition is any way lesser of a form of analysis, but this will be what we mostly focus on. More specificity will we will focus on what in considered “true” within the framework of certain pieces of media. It’s equally important for any canonical study to look what isn’t included in a collection, as what is.

1 Culler, Jonathan D., Literary theory: a very short introduction, 2. ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011