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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And there’s no denying he has good taste. I think that the self, in its quest to be harolx and solitary, ultimately reads with one aim only; to confront greatness.

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Read this and find your standing. Since Bloom thinks Shakespeare is so inescapably central, he discusses Shakespeare in every chapter—even the chapters on writers who predated Shakespeare: Books by Harold Bloom. But god forbid that a white European male should identify with a character that doesn’t share his oh so important and bliom identity.

I think it was at this point, in the latter chapters, that I finally realised this book was not what I had hoped. Sep 20, Ian rated it did not like it.

But almost no author is original enough to outperform every one of their literary forebears. The Books and School of the Ages.

Feb 25, Darren rated it did not like it. Harold Bloom is one of the most well known literary critics in the US, and in my opinion an unfortunate national embarrassment. Dalloway To the Lighthouse Orlando: Bloom, listed only 26 books. I sighed after I typed that out. Paperbackpages.

I cannot vouch for I finally had to read Bloom because he seems to irritate so many people. I would add a few others to the list, personally. This is a book of provocations, to borrow, appropriate and distort a word from James Joyce, a shapespherethat is a book so warped by Blooms deification of Shakespeare, so imbued with the Holy Spirit of Influence that sometimes it seems to imply that everything either leads up to Shakespeare or wrestles with or in his shadow.


Want to Read saving…. Too bad the tigers would just spit him back out. And Bloom does have the great advantage of infecting his readers with his enthusiasm for literature. If you share this mantra, then you will jarold The Western Canon. So yeah, this is one of the most racist and sexist conceptions of Western literature or what harolld supposed to be I’ve ever seen.

But it is clearly the theory of an avid reader, not a writer. La collezione dei Grandi Libri del Mondo Occidentale seconda edizione.

It’s as if one’s great-grandfather is lecturing from beyond the grave. He repeats similar observations, drops the same names, inserts the same quotations, and asserts the same points in different contexts and to slightly different purposes.

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The transcription, however, is the result of my research and hard work. Charles Dickens novel on the ravages caused by tuberculosis, Great Expectorations 3. 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 reject that choice. I did occdientale off the top of my head.

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Yes, Shakespeare is great, but I would really love it if Bloom could pull his head boom of the Ahrold ass for five minutes. What’s fascinating to me is that even though there is all the unfortunate blather and fulmination against his critical antagonists in the academy, most of whom appear to have completely ignored him, and there is also a lamentable amount of the Because I Say So school of argument, Harold Bloom, when he actually gets down to talking about the authors he loves and why he loves them, makes a certain amount of sense.

As someone who has read many of occidenttale books he has listed as important for reading, I’m not opposed to his choices of texts. This is also the era where the strength of both Russian and American literature begins. In the unlikely event that literary theory again becomes relevant to mainstream society, or even mainstream academia for that matter, should there ever be occidwntale FOX News of theory, Harold Bloom would be the ideal candidate for the role of anchor.


H Reading literary criticism is like having a tour-guide to a book. Terrific overview of the western canon 20 canpne or more? 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.

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

Everything begins and ends for Harold Bloom with Shakespeare; there are none who go before or after the Bard. If Cervantes was being truthful when he stated that he only intended for Don Quixote to be slapstick parody of “Books of Chivalry” like Orlando Furioso, then in Bloom’s opinion Don Quixote loses any and all value as a work of literature. I wish I had read the book rather than listening to the audiobook version so I could have pulled out some of his quotes verbatim, especially when he starts going on about the “neo-Marxist feminists and multiculturalists.

Inspiring and informative in equal and large measure. Jan 18, Elena rated it really liked it Shelves: He also has the bad habit of arguing from authority rather than with reasons.

Lastly, this quote left quite a lasting impression to end my journey into the Western Canon: Reading literary criticism is like having a tour-guide to a book. Every writer feels anxiety about what they owe to their predecessors, so they attempt to find a weakness or a shortcoming—a place where there is still room for originality.

This is a moron who ranks Emily Dickenson above any French writer to ever live!