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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I noted pages and knitted my brow. Shakespeare is God, Poe sucks.

Murray The Rabbiter’s Bounty: Cultural prophecy is always cannone mug’s game. Now, at a time when faster Information is endlessly available to us; where shall ocdidentale be found? 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. There is another important difference between Thomson and Bloom: How do artists achieve this exquisite strangeness?

This is also the era where the strength of both Russian and American literature begins. He is, for instance, baldly opposed to ALL feminist caonne and outright dismisses everything they say about anyone.

There is a quote from the introduction to this book which says: To me, the most impressive thing is not Bloom’s master of each of these authors, but rather his ability to draw the links between them and their critics! I was hoping for a passionate defense of the canon, but I could harod look past the anger and bigotry. I’ve read that other critics can tire of his Occidehtale, and this book certainly supports that worship, but ultimately I find a lot of his chain-of-influence arguments compelling.

Anyone willing to give a piece of literature the kind of scrutiny this man does deserves to be heard, even if most of what he says rubs me the wrong way. I reject that choice. Aug 17, Graham rated it liked it Shelves: What conversation is ever entirely consistent?


He makes plenty of good points in this massive exploration of Literature with a capital “L,” but he also highlights many of the reasons the “dead white male” pantheon persists, and why he thinks it should. Why does it happen?

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He writes in a kind of xanone, drawing parallels between characters in the individual works to Shakespearean characters. Do not pick this up for a bit of light reading.

So he decides to fight “the politics of multiculturalism” and the alleged redundant political correctness of modern views on literature that have caused the “degeneracy of literary studies” by claiming that the reason why the white European males dominate the traditional literary canon is because they have a truth and a genius within them that women, people of colour, those of “various sexual persuasions”, and other minorities just don’t have.

He’s not interested in engaging the average reader, just impressing some etherial elite group somewhere.

You have to let the book seep into your imagination, memories and sensations. May 02, I.

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Maybe you’ll scrib down some authors you’ll never want to come across. If there is a flaw in Bloom’s work, it is repetition, as the reader is b One of the most useful works of non-fiction to be published in recent decades, written by the sturdy Yale professor Harold Bloom.

There is something incantatory about it. May 29, BlackOxford rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 26 comments. 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.

Le pagine su Cechov mi hanno fatto venire voglia di attaccare i due volumoni Garzanti che occhieggiano sornioni in libreria. View all 12 comments. But it is clearly the theory of an avid reader, not a writer. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. View all 15 comments. Sconsigliato a chi cerca di motivarsi alla lettura.


Not his fault that white European males are born with that extra something special. He has what would have been called, in the era hrold should have lived in, good taste in literature.

Mar 10, Christy rated it liked it Shelves: Lists with This Cajone. Quotes from How to Read and Why. On the other hand, it contains many references to literature that it makes almost no sense to read it unless you have already read the copious books Prof.

He is not considered “literature” in any normal human understanding of the word.

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. However, the sense of excitement in his discussions of Shakespeare, Cervantes, Joyce, Proust, Mann, Beckett, Borges, and so many others, amplified my own enthusiasm to read more and deeper.

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Bloom moves on to a discussion of the novel, starting with what he asserts is the most outstanding novel in history, Don Quixote. Sep 10, James rated it really liked it Shelves: As a premise, this sounds nosy and elitist but I didn’t find it off-putting. His treatment of the so-called School of Resentment is dismissive at best.