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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What I mean here is that despite this book being pages I ended up wishing it was twice that length, which despite all of its faults earns it four stars.

See the heading above and the credit below to find out who wrote this list. To Bloom, reading for pure enjoyment is a waste of time, and is a regrettable condition into which our once-literate society has fallen. This list may not include your favorite author, but occidenale or she may be on other Great Books lists.

Anxiety and strangeness are indicators. Sep 19, Roy Lotz rated it really harild it Shelves: But all through Freud there are instances of convergence with Shakespeare. Bloom hated the list, but to be honest I think it’s one of the reasons this book will be remember Thus all writers after Shakespeare are forced to misread and misunderstand him in order to find a space for creativity.

The strangeness of certain writers overwhelms and causes anxiety for subsequent writers. He does not address their arguments, but rather talks of them as lost souls, blinded by worldly things. So I read this book and, as I read, I felt as though I was in the company of an erudite and eloquent writer.

Not all of the works here can prove to be canonical; literary overpopulation is a hazard to many among them. I reject that choice. It’s introduced to to more good books than I can count and I’m sure it will continue to do so.


The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

He is truly an inspiring figure, and it is hard to argue with his general philosophy of Literature as he expresses it here, however controversial a figure he remains. To canlne other readers questions about The Western Canonplease sign up.

I cannot vouch for his more specific works of literary criticism, but in this book he constructs an image of the western canon through a series of essays highlighting the major players. To think that someone may read a book to enjoy the stories or the characters without making occidentaale life-shattering discoveries concerning human nature and the complexities of existence is nearly blasphemous.

As an addendum, allow me to quote from Why Read? If we can’t do much better than this, no wonder the study of literature is in big trouble. Feb 02, Abby rated it it was ok Shelves: Therefore, it is with gusto that he writes about Dante, Joyce and Borges. Occixentale his fault that white European males are born with that extra something special.

There is something incantatory about it. This is also the era where the strength of ll Russian and American literature begins. Frequently Asked Questions Who wrote this list?

Grandi Libri del Mondo Occidentale

That’s why I read books like this. From HamletFreud draws much of the material he need to formulate the Oedipus complex. He’ll tell you why, but it’s too long winded for me to summarize here. Bloom has read with extraordinary breadth and depth and seems to remember it all. He has what would have been called, in the era he should have lived in, good taste i What’s fascinating to me is that even though there is all the unfortunate blather and fulmination against his critical antagonists in the academy, most of whom appear to have completely ignored him, and there is also a lamentable amount of the Because I Say So school of argument, Harold Bloom, when he actually gets down to talking about the authors he loves and why he loves them, makes a certain amount of sense.


May 02, I. Oh, and he also hates Harry Potter and popular culture in general. Nel fu pubblicata una seconda edizione dei Grandi Libricon rinnovate traduzioni e aggiornamenti, e altri sei volumi dedicati al XX secolo, periodo quasi mancante nella prima edizione. Oct 26, Josh rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving….

Alas, Bloom instead writes about Shakespeare inventing the psyche and gabbing about Freud.

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

That goes a good way towards compensating for all the bile. Everything begins and ends for Harold Bloom with Shakespeare; there are none who go before or after the Bard.

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. He’s just a man who thinks a book is more important than its author. It was good advice, I think. T Muy interesante punto de vista de Harold Bloom. Sure, few works can compare to The Divine Comedy, or Paradise Lost, or nearly anything by his beloved Shakespeare in terms of complexity or even universality, but why is this the only measure of greatness?