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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Or you’ll run for the library for a title you cannot believe you’ve missed. Harold Bloom really is a cantankerous old thing, so hard to please and yet so seemingly pleased with himself. They all loved canonical literature just as much as Harold Bloom, I venture to say. I’ll give one or two examples. He’s just that convincing. That’s much better, Occidentae think. Jun 05, Alejandro Teruel rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 19, Roy Lotz rated it really liked it Shelves: What I am opposed to is his idea that everyone needs to read them, and that this generation is lacking because values are changing.

Feb 09, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: Bloom also makes a wonderful case for reading the old-fashioned classics, but I do wish he could refrain from easy cheap shots like the one about young people watching too much television. But god forbid that a white European male should identify with a character that doesn’t share his oh so important and special identity. I cannot vouch for I finally had to read Bloom because he seems to irritate so many people. LetteraturaScienzeStoria delle idee.

Mar 10, Christy rated it liked it Shelves: Seriously, he’s so outraged with that term. Return to Book Page.


Grandi Libri del Mondo Occidentale

He takes the work at hand and draws a theory of human nature and of human social life from it. But like the canon, I think this is a book that will reward a re-reading.

Refresh and try again. I would think that, occidnetale all the books that are in this first list, once the reader is conversant with the Bible, Homer, Plato, the Athenian dramatists, and Virgil, the crucial work is the Koran Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Art is perfectly useless, according to the sublime Oscar Wilde, who was right about everything.

Bloom, conversely, declares, “We owe to Shakespeare not only our representation of cognition but much of our capacity for cognition. He’s just a man who thinks a book is more important than its author. But I have neither excluded nor included on the basis of cultural politics of any kind.

Prof Madya Dr Rosnah Baharuddin. Literature is my passion and it is his unending passion to read and to celebrate the art and styles of literature, which I cannot overlook. Times have changed, clearly, and literature has had a flood of brilliant woman and men from all nationalities, and Bloom doesn’t hesitate to recognize this. 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.

Il canone occidentale – Harold Bloom – Google Books

Influence is the key word in this book. I noted pages and knitted my brow.

And although I am not so convinced of the autonomy of the aesthetic, I also think that aesthetic criteria are ultimately the most important in literary judgments. Bloom writes that the Stratfordian playwright “invented psychoanalysis by inventing the psyche” p.

The list was not my idea.

Open Preview See a Problem? This is a moron who ranks Emily Dickenson above any French writer to ever live! Recommended to Nisah by: I urge you to. Psychology and sociology are soft sciences, but they not really an art and should not be classified as such. 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. He also has the bad habit of arguing from authority rather than with reasons.


Insight, appreciation, a bit of knowledge. 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.

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

There is something incantatory about it. Hxrold a more “literary” note, I just don’t agree with his basic statement that Shakespeare is the origin and personification of Western literature.

It should include pieces that are from marginalized groups. Oh, and he also hates Harry Potter and popular culture in general. However, Bloom makes a compelling case for all of the central arguments of the book: I don’t consider it at all a stretch to place Shakespeare as the greatest writer in the English language, and it isn’t even entirely unreasonable to place him as the greatest writer in any language, or at the very least the greatest playwright.