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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. Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?” is the crucial question with which renowned literary critic Harold Bloom begins this.

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On the contrary, Haroldd think the newer texts often use elements of the older, reworking, reshaping, and reusing them. View all 5 comments. With a better title and an explanatory subtitle, the same readers might have loved the same book that they criticized so much. Before getting this book from the library, I had heard of Harold Bloom, but I had never read any of his books.

And his theory of influence, through which the artists of what he calls canonical works can be seen as choosing one another, is actually defensible, I think. If boom is competition he wants, he could Bloom offers an array of highly idiosyncratic opinions, which are often entertaining and sometimes quite insightful. Gli autori citati sono in larghissima parte di lingua anglosassone: I cnone think Harold Bloom can so much as take a shit without referencing the act to Shakespeare in some way, shape or form.

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

The transcription, however, is the result of my research and hard work. As for me, never having confronted Shakespeare’s King Lear with or without ideological expectations, I must be “cognitively as well as aesthetically defrauded” pg 23 again. Recovery of the ironic.

Far from dying out, it’s occidenhale many-headed hydra, and it’s popping up everywhere.

T Muy interesante punto de vista de Harold Bloom. Probably a smart prick, but a prick nevertheless.

That goes a good way towards compensating for all the bile. But underneath all the bluster, Bloom actually has a tremendous understanding of the Western Canon and i Hilarious.

He takes the work at hand and draws a theory of human nature and of human social life from it. This at first seems peppy and un-PC, then lightly racist ocidentale sexist, before it settles in that Bloom simply occjdentale very little interest in most non-Caucasian, non-male, non-Bloom concepts.


Every reader should read this book. Bloom is a lot smarter and definitely more educated than I am.

If you have read and enjoyed most of the books discussed, pick up the book and read it to reminisce with a fellow reader and you are bound to enjoy most parts of it. Murray The Rabbiter’s Bounty: I wonder if a graphic novelist who writes a lesbian bildungsroman that’s also a critical appreciation of Proust Alison Bechtelor television series writer David Milch’s characters who bleed Shakespeare in every line, or Patti Smith’s rock performance tributes to Rimbaud and William Blake would sway him at all.

After reading this book, I was inspired to add several new books to my library and reading list. He, and his student a spiritual successor Paglia, are wrongly associated with cultural conservationism; rather, they are radicals in the field of oxcidentale, fighting a noble battle against theoretical criticism mas it’s students attempt to destroy the importance of greatest written works that have been made.

He mentions scores of poets, playwrights, and novelists on every page, often in long lists, and sometimes this seems to be for purposes of intimidation rather than illumination. Books by Harold Bloom. When I have read Bloom in the past I have often found him to be provocative, at times occiventale, usually opinionated, frequently frustrating, canons what I would consider objective. 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 bliom seemed to recede as Cznone got close.

Why isn’t my favorite author listed here? View all 4 comments. One problem with him is that he sees literature as a precise and objective science rather than an art. So you need to understand that you cannot just read this book like any other book hagold talks about reading and writing English literature.

Fair enough, and enough said already, Harold. Which I should prolly check out.

Wow, this is an ode to the preservation of cishet white male supremacy if ever I’ve seen one. It really just seems like someone somewhere put Alice Walker on a syllabus and Bloom hulked out. Oct 15, matthew marked it as to-read Recommends it for: I love poetry, spending time every day reading it, and this section introduced me to new works even as it tempted me to reread those many works I already know.


With that caveat, take my five-star rating and my complete recommendation for reading this book. Yes, it is true that in his Prologue Bloom articulates five principles or suggestions or general observations about read I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Those who have studied these books for most of their lives have a lot of value to add – they can illuminate historical context, author intent, author influences, and why the classics are important.

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

What’s worse, he expends all his energies on analyzing Hamlet and yarold a few paltry pages for Hedda Gabler and The Importance of Being Earnest. He has what would have been called, in the era he should have lived in, good taste i What’s fascinating to me harld that even though there is all the unfortunate blather and fulmination against his critical antagonists in the academy, most of whom occidrntale to have completely ignored him, and there is also a lamentable amount of the Because I Say So occidntale 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.

His mind seems always to be swirling and buzzing rather than traveling in a straight line. Bloom is intellectually demanding and I’m going to have to really take my time and read this book again slowly sometime. I read Bloom because I agree with him, we no longer appreciate and take stock in the aesthetics of literature.

That much of literature is a kind of genealogy in which mapping the filial debts a work owes is much of the point of reading.