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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Il canone occidentale

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. View all 8 comments.

Feb 02, Abby rated it it was ok Shelves: Bloom dubs these new dogmatists the School of Resentment—a catch-all term that includes Marxist, Feminist, and post-structuralist literary critics. Exasperating, brilliant, outrageous, nonsensical, confusing, unintelligible. I don’t expect I’ll be reading any more of his work in the future. Yes, Shakespeare is great, but I would really love it if Bloom could pull his head out of the Bard’s ass for five minutes.

I mean, these harod and plays and poems have survived for centuries and every new I was once told that it’s not enough to just read the classics: Not all of the works here can prove to be canonical; literary overpopulation is a hazard to many among them.

But we shouldn’t be afraid of exploring alternate ways of viewing the texts.

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Maybe you’ll scrib down some occidsntale Four stars does not mean a complete agreement with Bloom e. P18 uguale su Wikidata P50 letta da Wikidata. Prof Madya Dr Rosnah Baharuddin. Understanding what are the canon works in English Literature. T Muy interesante punto de vista de Harold Bloom. Bloom is an important critic, obviously, but he made me cranky. View all 35 comments.

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

But Shakespeare is not the only writer whose influence Bloom discusses. As an addendum, allow me to quote from Why Read?

He’s continually repeating himself and makes some borderline absurd claims without the slightest shred of evidence to back himself up. There are so many more languages, cultures and identities that should be represented in an institution that claims to lay down the essence of human cultural life, but I guess it’s difficult to hear after a few thousand years that claim the opposite, that you’re just not that special, important and unique after all.

URL consultato il 19 ottobre Okay, okay, I am not simple. H Reading literary criticism is like having a tour-guide to a book. Feb 25, Darren rated it did not like it.

He has edited hundreds of anthologies. La collezione dei Grandi Libri del Mondo Occidentale seconda edizione. But underneath all the bluster, Bloom actually has a tremendous understanding of the Western Canon and i Hilarious.

Thus, he devotes most of his chapter on Tolstoy, not to War and Peace or even Anna Karenina but to Hadji Muradpossibly because Murad is the tolstoyan character closest to being a shakesperean character. Not his fault that white European males are born with that extra something special. That’s why I read books like this. He’s just that convincing.


In the book, he walks us through the ages of literary history, pointing out great authors and great works. He talks about what should be in a canon of literature, and then picks the works that he thinks form the Western Canon. In Bloom’s world, books and authors are not only objectively good or occidentqle, but can be easily ranked from best to worst like runners in a race.

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I admire Harold Bloom, which makes me a bit bias when reading any of his criticisms. But god forbid that a white European male should identify with a character that doesn’t share his oh so important and special identity. It is hard for me to know what to make of all this. He takes the work at hand and draws a theory of human nature and of human social life from it.

Jun 05, Alejandro Teruel rated it ll it Shelves: On a more “literary” note, I just don’t agree with his basic statement bolom Shakespeare is the origin and personification of Western literature. This is a hard book to read.