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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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Quotes from The Western Canon Not only is this extremely odd from an aesthetic viewpoint, since the Land of Poets and Thinkers has produced FAR better, but Freud is a psychologist and social scientist!!!

Sep 09, Max Nova rated it it was amazing Shelves: Non a caso, uno dei migliori, se non il migliore. Haold 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. It should represent a diverse, broad curriculum.

I found Bloom to be consistently good in his criticism, but not great.

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Many of his arguments are in complete opposition to the idea of diversity in literature that I hold near and dear, and his lack of faith in the ahrold of great writing is, I think, short sighted and elitist.

If he values the dead-white-European-male, it’s because dead-white-European-males were the best authors This has basically been my literary bible for the past year or two. Over a good three thousand!

Lastly, this quote left quite a lasting impression to end my journey into the Western Canon: His writing is strong when he discusses literature prior to the 20th century but struggles for cocidentale when moving into the modern era. Aug 17, Graham canonee it liked it Shelves: 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.

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I would have said before reading Bloom that it is impossible to overstate Shakespeare’s influence on Western Literature, but Bloom has astoundingly accomplished this feat! The School of Resentment, what Bloom labels as Feminism, Socialism, Deconstructionism and anything Focault ovewhelms Bloom’s enmitious relationship with how readers now interpret literature.

Why would I give this four stars when I so obviously disagree with most of it?

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 is this the only measure of greatness? Alas, Bloom instead writes about Shakespeare inventing the psyche and gabbing about Freud.

As an addendum, allow me to quote from Why Read? I understand that Bloom has chosen to frame his western canon through the prism of Shakespeare.

Bloom just rants about dreary feminists and multiculturalists who force us to read b-a-a-d books. However, Bloom makes a compelling case for all of the central arguments of the book: There is something incantatory about it.

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But it is utterly pretentious of him to assume, as he constantly does, that he is the voice of Western ocfidentale. What these instances indicate, at least to me, is that Freud effectively acts as literary critic of Shakespeare.


It’s only now as I write this that I realise I was like Tantalus trapped in the underworld – hungry, thirsty, the food and water so near, yet it always seemed to recede as I got close. And White and Jameson occidfntale bothered to take French critical theory on on its own ground, and occidrntale my view, showed exactly why, necessary as it may have been in a particular historical moment, it was a dead end for literary study.

For Bloom, aesthetic considerations are paramount and he rejects the idea that a book should be viewed within its socio-political-economic context.

I do not see literature in this manner, because any work that presents itself this way never transcends into an elevated study of the overall human understanding. Bloom, listed only narold books.

But all through Freud there are instances of convergence with Shakespeare. He’s continually repeating himself and makes some borderline absurd claims without the slightest shred of evidence haroldd back himself up. Harold Bloom goes hard and doesn’t pull any punches. And there’s no denying he has good booom. Therefore, it is with gusto that he writes about Dante, Joyce and Borges. Another fault is that he makes assertions about authors that are not properly substantiated.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Bloom’s writing style is overly lofty, and extremely hard to read.