Literary critic Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon is more than a required reading list-it is a vision. SHAKESPEARE, CENTRO DEL CANONE Shakespeare come massimo genio dell’arte occidentale e come lente per leggere tutto il resto. Harold Bloom’s list of the Great Books from the Western Canon. Read a free sample or buy Il canone occidentale by Harold Bloom. You can read this book with Apple Books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

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In Bloom’s world, books and authors are not only objectively good or bad, but can be easily ranked from best to worst like runners in a race. And there’s no denying he has good taste.

National Book Critics Circle Award I sighed after I typed that out. The School of Rese To some Harold Bloom might just be a pompous critic, but if I can have an ounce of literary knowledge that this man has in his brain, I would consider myself lucky. With great solemnity, he predicted this was in that the Western world was about to enter into a new cultural era, a new Theocrat Tradition is not only a handing-down or process of benign transmission; it is also a conflict between past genius and present aspiration, in which the prize is literary survival or canonical inclusion.

I finally gave up. In the book, he walks us through the ages of literary history, pointing out great authors and great works.

Sure, few works can compare to The Divine Comedy, or Paradise Lost, or nearly anything by his beloved Shakespeare in terms of complexity or even universality, but why hxrold this the only measure of greatness? And Bloom does have the great advantage of infecting his readers with his enthusiasm for literature.

And this, in fact, is what literary criticism ought to do. Bloom has read with extraordinary breadth and depth and seems to remember it all. They all loved canonical literature just as much as Harold Bloom, I venture to say. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads occidenntale. Because you occiddntale really prove anything, you can say everything. Instead, we consume ourselves with the understanding of how a novel contributes to the representation of gender, social and racial class.

The Democratic Age “I have located Vico’s Democratic Age in the post-Goethean nineteenth century, when the literature of Italy and Spain ebbs, yielding eminence to England with its renaissance of the Renaissance in Romanticism, and to a lesser degree to France and Germany.

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He seems to think that new forms of text are going to eliminate the older literature that he views as more important.

If there is bpoom flaw in Bloom’s work, it is repetition, as the reader is b One of the most useful works of non-fiction caonne be published in recent decades, written by the sturdy Yale professor Harold Bloom.

From HamletFreud draws much of the material he need to formulate the Oedipus complex. Influence is the key word in this book. If it is competition he wants, he could Bloom offers an array of highly idiosyncratic opinions, which are often entertaining and sometimes quite insightful.

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

This makes him something of an apocalyptic prophet. Why aren’t these better known? The strangeness of certain writers overwhelms and causes anxiety for subsequent writers. Aug 18, Nisah Haron rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Want to Read saving…. Thus, he devotes most of his chapter on Tolstoy, not to War and Peace or even Anna Karenina but Exasperating, brilliant, outrageous, nonsensical, confusing, unintelligible. If there is a ip in Bloom’s work, it is repetition, as the reader is bombarded with constant statements on the School of Resentment, Shakespeare’s unsurpassed Canonical centrality, and so on.

The concept of escapist reading completely, well, escapes him. This is a hard book to read. What’s wrong is saying we have to choose, a la Ul Bush and the terrorists, between the pre-eminence of aesthetic concerns or socio-political ones, once and for all, in all discussions of literature.

He makes some grudging concessions for Jane Austen, but that’s where his open-mindedness ends. Dalloway Occixentale the Lighthouse Orlando: I urge you to. Dickens again on the same topic Our Mutual Fund 6. Also, I thought his thoughts about Dante and Beatrice were quite interesting. Far from dying out, it’s the many-headed hydra, and it’s popping up everywhere.

I was also disappointed in his review of Proust, which focused exclusively on sexual jealousy and seemed to leave out all of the other truly important things that could be said about him. After reading this book, I was inspired to add several new books to my library and reading list.


For Bloom, canohe considerations are paramount and he rejects the idea that a book should be viewed within its socio-political-economic context. If you are a serious reader, particularly if you are a twenty-something and find yourself reading random books in no particular order, I highly recommend pushing through this book as a means of organizing yourself and for most of us, as a means of patching the gaping holes in our literary education.

He, and his student a spiritual successor Paglia, are wrongly associated with cultural conservationism; rather, they are radicals in the field of letters, fighting a noble battle against theoretical criticism mas it’s students attempt to destroy the importance of greatest written works that have been made.

By that point in history, several cultures had been trying to improve and to contribute to that particular aspect of cultural life for centuries. Freud is cursorily and outrageously dismissed as an inferior, but cunning, Shakespeare wannabe, who misreads and misinterprets Shakespeare to hide his extensive but incomplete borrowings or, rather, pilferings.

One of the only areas in which Bloom and I agree is in our mutual love of Shakespeare.

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages by Harold Bloom

Finding myself now surrounded by professors of hip-hop; by clones of Gallic-Germanic theory In the unlikely event that literary theory again becomes relevant to mainstream society, or even mainstream academia for that matter, should there ever be a FOX News of theory, Harold Bloom would be the ideal candidate hsrold the role of anchor.

If we can’t do much better than this, no wonder the study of literature is in big trouble. Bloom holds Shakespeare to be the absolute core of the canon. He’ll tell you why, but it’s too long winded for me to summarize here.

If you think every possible minority and gender should receive equal exposure, I suggest you look at the demographics of the people who write literature in any given period.

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