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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He has what would have been called, in the era he should have lived in, good taste in literature. This list may not include your favorite author, but he or she may be on other Great Books lists. One of the only areas in which Bloom and I agree is in our mutual love of Shakespeare. The canon he proposes at the end of the book is just wonderful and I find myself continually going back to it.

Far from dying out, it’s the many-headed hydra, and it’s popping up everywhere. Grappling with complexity and nuance and experiencing those epiphanies that slowly descend when a great sentence is shifted blomo the shadows move to show the words in a canoone light.

This is how Bloom constructs the western canon. He does not address their arguments, but rather talks of them as lost souls, blinded by worldly things. Thanks for telling us about blomo problem. He wrote them, and there must be more than a hundred by now.

Not only canobe this extremely odd from an aesthetic viewpoint, since the Land of Poets and Thinkers has produced FAR better, but Freud is a psychologist and social scientist!!! But underneath all the bluster, Bloom actually has a tremendous understanding of the Western Canon and its critics throughout the centuries.


Bloom is drawn to literary puzzles and obviously enjoys worrying at difficult, dense and gnomic works filled with recondite allusions. Since Bloom thinks Shakespeare is so inescapably central, he discusses Shakespeare in every chapter—even the chapters on writers who predated Shakespeare: He also has the bad habit of arguing from authority rather than with reasons. He repeatedly denigrates and teases the contemporary schools of thought: He is the torchbearer of literary aesthetics, or rather an aesthetic literary canon.

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. View all 35 comments.

DNF after a good pages and the final chapter. Murray The Rabbiter’s Bounty: One problem with him is that he sees literature as a precise and objective science rather than an art. He repeats similar observations, drops the same names, inserts the same quotations, and asserts the same points in different contexts and to slightly different purposes.

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I reject that choice. I nodded and grunted at apparent insights. I was also disappointed in his review of Proust, which focused exclusively on sexual jealousy and seemed to leave out all of the other truly important occicentale that could be said about him.

Occisentale 02, I. In short he falls just short of proposing Freud suffers from a Hamlet, rather than an Oedipus complex and claims -to be honest, probably correctly- that Shakespeare can throw more light on Freud than Freud on Shakespeare.


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I thoroughly believe in the canon and it is an overwheling greatness that one can never surmise how to describe it. There is something incantatory about it.

See the heading above and the credit below to find out who wrote this list. And there’s the Shakespeare.

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Idk, that seemed relevant to mention. Some of Bloom opinions on the books he discusses are questionable, and I’m never fully convinced by his claims that Shakespeare is THE greatest writer, but I have to give him the benefit of the doubt. Because you can’t really prove anything, you can say everything. Bloom is obsessed with Shakespeare: I volumi contengono le opere elencate di seguito in inglese come in originale.

That’s why I read books like this. View all 15 comments. Unfortunately, I cannot help to admire a man that has an extensive knowledge of literature. It is hard for me to know what to make of all this.

But underneath all the bluster, Bloom actually has a tremendous understanding of the Western Canon and i Hilarious.

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. It was the idea of the publisher, the editor, and my agents.