between my lit class and my religion class, i've been reevaluating what i consider 'great literature'. or more accurately, i've been looking backwards. instead of looking at how the culture makes the literature, i've been seeing how the literature is indicative of the culture it came from. i don't know how exactly, but i find literature more enjoyable when i see it as a piece of the cultural puzzle rather than an end product. so my question is (and it's a biggie), what works are considered the best literature for the different cultures and eras? for example, lady murasaki's tale of genji for feudal japan, the arthurian romances for early medieval england, cervantes' don quixote for renaissance spain. would you agree with my choices? do you include religious texts (as i would) in with the works of great literature or would you keep it separate?