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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. So you need to understand that you cannot just read this book like any other book that talks about reading and writing English literature.

So much of the book is a retelling of the plot lines of other works better works that it made me think that I ought to be reading those books instead. He is not here to make friends, he is here to inform us that we are incredibly under read and that we are reading for the wrong reasons. Well, I am sure that Mr.

Il canone occidentale

I finally hsrold to read Boom because he seems to irritate so many people. I don’t even agree that he’s all that when it comes to the English or Anglo-American literary tradition alone. Idk, that seemed relevant to mention. I love poetry, spending time every day reading it, and this section introduced me to new works even as it tempted me to reread those many works I already know. View all 20 comments.

Il canone occidentale – Harold Bloom – Google Books

I understand that Bloom has chosen to frame his western canon through the prism of Shakespeare. All fast food is the same. This makes him something of an apocalyptic prophet. Why does it happen?


If you only get x amount of books, food, or whatever shouldn’t we consume mindfully? It should include pieces that are from marginalized groups. It does not teach you how to read books but it is an exercise on how to talk about books you have read, how to love them, how to re-read them and how to reminisce about those old companions in the most intelligent and enamored fashion.

This is a hard book to read.

Bloom. Western Canon

Sadly that doesn’t stop him from being an annoying jerk who thinks he is above everyone else, apparantely. Want to Read saving…. Finding myself now surrounded by professors of hip-hop; by clones of Gallic-Germanic theory In the unlikely event that literary theory again becomes relevant to mainstream society, or even mainstream academia for that matter, should there ever be a FOX News of theory, Harold Bloom would be the ideal candidate for the role of anchor.

Anche su Mann e La montagna incantata Bloom non dice molto. Despite the vastness of his learning and the intensity of his passion, his view of literature as a sort of competitive sport, if taken seriously, would render the culture he loves trivial, a bit like football or even pro-wrestling. With great solemnity, he predicted this was in that the Western world was about to blomo 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.


And I didn’t, for about six months. We will not mention the list. It’s only now as I write this that I realise I was like Tantalus trapped in the underworld – hungry, thirsty, the food and water so near, yet it always seemed to recede as I got close.

For Bloom, there is only 1 possible interpretation of a work and that is what the ocicdentale intended. It is not accidental that historicists–critics who believe all of us to be overdetermined by societal history–should also regard literary characters as marks upon a page, and nothing more.

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

From this list onward, many good writers who are not quite central are omitted Lastly, this quote left quite a lasting impression to end my journey into the Western Canon: Refresh and try again. Thus, haeold 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.

Bloom’s work was introduced to us piecemeal as a foil, a series of quotes here and there to wind up into a tight straw-man and then knock down.

If you share this mantra, then you will enjoy The Western Canon. Seriously, he’s so outraged with that term.