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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I wonder if a graphic novelist who writes a lesbian bildungsroman b,oom 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.

View all 9 comments. He also has the bad habit of arguing from authority rather than with reasons.

You could argue Bloom doesn’t, but strongly implies to the point of embarrassment that Shakespeare’s influence has trickled down through the ages and social strata, so that an illiterate Sudanese orphan or a third-generation Turkish “guest worker” immigrant in Berlin or Paris Hilton all live and breathe in his influence, just as you can argue that a butterfly in Brazil flaps a hurricane into existence on the other side of the world or that, when no one is around, trees that fall in forests hum “Stairway to Heaven” on their way down.

This is Bloom’s Western Canon, what would be yours? It was the idea of the publisher, the editor, and my agents.

Everything begins and ends for Harold Bloom with Shakespeare; there are none who go before or after the Bard. I wanted something less plainly opinionated. Apr 28, Gopi rated it it was amazing. As someone who has read many of the books he has listed as important for reading, I’m not opposed to his choices of texts.


Il canone occidentale

Libri pre-XX secolo aggiunti per la seconda edizione la numerazione dei volumi non risulta compatibile con la prima edizione a causa del riordinamento di alcuni libri—vedi la tabella completa dei contenuti [3]:. He’s read and reread more that I ever could in a lifetime. Traditions tell us that the free and solitary self writes in order to overcome mortality.

All of these approaches, says Bloom, seek to replace an aesthetic motive for a social or political one, and thus miss the point of literature. He is not considered “literature” in any normal human understanding of the word. Mar 19, Dan rated it caonne was amazing Recommends it for: I mean, these books and plays and poems have survived for centuries and every new I was once told occidentape it’s not enough to just read the classics: So he decides to fight DNF after a good pages and the final chapter.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It may not be reposted on any Web site, newsgroup, mailing list, or other publicly available electronic format. He has edited hundreds of anthologies.

If we can’t do much better than this, no wonder the study of literature is in big trouble. On the contrary, I think the newer texts often use elements of the older, reworking, reshaping, and reusing them.

But all through Freud there are instances of convergence with Shakespeare. I read further and discovered there was much more to him, the last genuine Literary Critic.


Jarold that fit into that mold at best is a simulacrum. Harold Bloom is like your ornery grandpa: The man writes “Shakespeare” often enough to demand a drinking game. This has basically been my literary bible for the past year or two.

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

Psychology and sociology are soft sciences, but they not really an art and should not be classified as such. Aug hatold, Nisah Haron rated it really liked it Recommends it for: E direi incentrato un po’ troppo sulla letteratura anglosassone.

View all 35 comments. But Shakespeare is not the only writer whose influence Bloom discusses.

Seriously, he’s so outraged with that term. Bloo, is how Bloom constructs the western canon. If it is competition he wants, he could do just as well to watch the television show “Survivor. He sometimes approaches his subjects with too much esoteric, gnostic knowledge, leaving the reader either bored out of his mind or floundering in utter confusion: Glad that you can believe the patriarchy is dead.

Finding myself now surrounded by professors of iccidentale by clones of Gallic-Germanic theory In the unlikely event that literary theory again becomes relevant to mainstream society, or even mainstream academia for that matter, should there ever be a FOX News of theory, Harold Bloom would be the ideal candidate for the role of anchor.

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