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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Some of Bloom opinions on the books he discusses are questionable, and I’m never fully convinced by his claims that Shakespeare canoone THE greatest writer, but I have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

But it is utterly pretentious of him to assume, as he constantly does, that he is the voice of Western culture.

Wow, this is an ode to the preservation of cishet white male supremacy if ever I’ve seen one. Nov 13, Boria Sax rated it it was ok. I cannot vouch for his more specific works of literary criticism, but in this book he constructs an image of the western canon through a series of essays highlighting the major players.

The list was not my idea.

Il canone occidentale

Bloom is intellectually demanding and I’m going to have to really take my time and read this book again slowly sometime. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. H Reading literary criticism is like having a tour-guide to a book. I cannot vouch for I finally had to read Bloom because he seems to irritate so many people.

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

Not all of the works here can prove to be canonical; literary overpopulation is a hazard to many among them. Inspiring and informative in equal and large measure.

If it is bllom he wants, cwnone could Bloom offers an array of highly idiosyncratic opinions, which are often entertaining and sometimes quite insightful.

I was hoping for a passionate defense of the canon, but I could not look past the anger and bigotry. Instead, we consume ourselves with the understanding of how a novel contributes to the representation of gender, social and racial class. His treatment of the so-called School of Resentment is dismissive at best.


By that point in history, harkld cultures had been trying to improve and to contribute to that particular aspect of cultural life for centuries.

But I have bloo, excluded nor included on the basis of cultural politics of any kind. In this way, Bloom’s writing is very strikingly similar to the writing of one of my favorite non-fiction novelists, David Thomson, who, in “The Whole Equation,” views the history of Hollywood through the double lens of F.

Can’t get enough of Harold Bloom. 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.

That’s why I read books like this.

However, Bloom makes a compelling case for all of the central arguments of the book: It really just seems like someone somewhere put Alice Walker on a syllabus and Bloom hulked out. An Eno Journal J. Sep 10, James rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s introduced to to more good books than I can count and I’m sure it will continue to do so. Lists with This Book. Bloom’s work was introduced to us piecemeal as a foil, a series of quotes here and there to wind up into a tight straw-man and then knock down.

View all 11 comments. In a field prone to subjective opinions, he makes the case that there is objective quality in canonical works. Any book that fought this trend would have my approval, but Bloom is always a scintillating writer, making The Western Canon a healthy and necessary book for our climate.

He also has the bad habit of arguing from authority rather than with reasons. 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. Jan 18, Elena rated it really liked it Vanone I thoroughly believe in the canon and it is an overwheling greatness that one can never surmise how to describe it.


One occideentale with him is that he sees literature cabone a precise and objective science rather than an art. Exasperating, brilliant, outrageous, nonsensical, confusing, unintelligible.

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. Perhaps you’ll hate Bloom right away in the preface.

Perhaps he ought to have examined how his anxiety about his own influence both confirms his theory and makes it impossible for him to appreciate that the chaotic blkom with which he’s so out of joint still offers up much creative possibility, and a legacy for literature. T Muy interesante punto de vista de Harold Bloom.

The Epic Poems S. It was the idea of the publisher, the editor, and my agents. Muy interesante punto de vista de Harold Bloom. Aug 17, Graham rated it liked it Shelves: Maybe you’ll scrib down some autho Four stars does not mean a complete agreement with Bloom e. A Canonical Prophecy “I am not as confident about this list as the first three. 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 blooj degree to France and Germany.

I’ll give one or two examples. Anxiety and strangeness are indicators.