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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This is a rare moment of restraint for Bloom. Four stars does not mean a complete agreement with Bloom e. Above all, David Thomson and I am talking about him so much only because there is canpne little to say about Bloom is daring, and perhaps self-loathing, enough to question whether or occidetnale his primary influence – the filmic art – is actually rather silly, if not ruinous. That goes a good way towards compensating for all the bile. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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

I was hoping for a passionate defense of the canon, occidfntale I could not look past the anger and bigotry. This volume is intelligent and insightful and verbose and circumlocutory and reveals so much that is interesting about occidenatle books without explaining anything about them. Jun 05, Alejandro Teruel rated it liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about The Western Canonplease sign up.

Published September 1st by Riverhead Books first published August 31st Influence is the key word in this book. Bloom’s ugly rants about “political correctness” aren’t as bad as they initially seem, as he does include most of the great authors of black and feminist literature in his “canonical prediction” at the end of the book. I’m not quite sure how it is that Bloom has become so highly regarded in the study of literature, because he basically has one weapon in his arsenal which he pulls out at nearly every juncture.


I thought I was craving insight, that I was always on the edge of discovery. There are many excellent and thought-provoking observations about writers and books here.

On the contrary, I think the newer texts often use elements of the older, reworking, reshaping, and reusing them. I finally gave up.

One of the most useful works of non-fiction to be published in recent decades, written by the sturdy Yale professor Harold Bloom. Please link to this page instead. Works that fit into that mold at best is a simulacrum. Maybe you’ll scrib down some authors you’ll never want to come across. His work is compelling in its comprehensiveness, but his conservatism, and more significantly, his anger towards all those who do not share his ideology, is off-putting.

Fair enough, and enough said already, Harold.

There is still an understanding of the literary forefathers, but we want to step beyond them to see how they can apply today. Non a caso, uno dei migliori, se non il migliore. This is a moron who ranks Emily Dickenson above any French writer to ever live! But god forbid that a white European male should identify with a character that doesn’t share his oh so important and special identity. How occidetale artists achieve this exquisite strangeness?

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

I think that the self, in its quest to be free and solitary, ultimately reads with one aim only; to confront greatness. In a field prone to subjective opinions, he makes the case that there is objective quality in canonical works.

It really just seems like someone somewhere put Blooom Walker on a syllabus and Bloom hulked out. Every writer feels anxiety about what they owe to their predecessors, so they attempt to find a weakness or a shortcoming—a place where acnone is still room for originality.

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He’s continually repeating himself and makes some borderline absurd claims without the slightest shred of evidence to back himself up. If you are a serious reader, particularly if you occidentalee a twenty-something and find yourself reading random books in no particular order, Narold 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.


It should represent a diverse, broad curriculum. That is, he understands how a writer’s mastery of complex ideas and of techniques to express them can create both pleasure and insight, i.

Il canone occidentale

But Shakespeare blom not the only writer whose influence Bloom discusses. The more one reads of Bloom, the more one realizes that any White American or Briton could take a steaming dump in a plastic bag and this mouth breather would rank that above the work of GOD Himself incarnated into a Black or Eastern European author. View all 9 comments. It’s introduced to to more good books than I can count and I’m sure it will continue to do so.

Freud’s skepticism of Shakespeare’s authorship aside, Bloom’s claim that Shakespeare invented the psyche is never adequately explained.

The Western Canon is just so antiquated and conservative, in the very worst way. At least Bloom does deviate from this pattern once and seems to have a soft spot for the Latin American writer Pablo Neruda I nodded and grunted at apparent insights. He is truly an inspiring figure, and it is hard to argue with his general philosophy of Literature as he expresses it here, however controversial a harole he remains.

Cocidentale read this while doing Literary Studies in university. Perhaps he ought to have examined how his anxiety about his own influence both confirms his theory and makes it impossible for him barold appreciate that the chaotic time with which he’s so out of joint still offers up much creative possibility, and a legacy for literature.

Over and over again, like a king besieged by madness haro,d an empty castle, he rails against the numerous people and forces who are arrayed against him – feminists, marxists, culturists he references African-American academics specifically and all non-white academics generally.