The Western Canon by Harold Bloom Review By Dan Geddes 11 February See also reviews. The Western Canon. by Harold Bloom. Harold Bloom’s Elegy for the Western Literary Canon. 1. Introduction— Sympathetic viewpoint towards modern literary theory. Yesterday, I did a. It also insists that aesthetic originality is the only qualification for inclusion in the Canon of Western literature. To illustrate his thesis, Bloom selects

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Whereas the School may see all writing as a political action, Bloom views literature as a largely solitary endeavor, a way we find the self-within. Bloom would agree that it shows that you are one of the elite, but rather than seeing this is as a negative, as Prof.

Notify me of new comments via email. Bloom defends the concept of the Western canon by discussing 26 writers whom he sees as central to the canon: Bloom sees the canonical writers as operating from largely aesthetic motives, so that the supposed political or moral content of their works is tertiary, and only weakens the works when it appears.

This brief summary does not begin to cover the multifaceted complaints against the canon made by the School of Resentment, whose various agendas, given ample time to fester in lifelong university careers, attack the canon on a variety of grounds. Retrieved from ” https: Literature faces other enemies besides the School of Resentment, chiefly competing media and declining attention spans among citizens, and even the remaining readers.

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But even the creative genius will bear strong traces of influence from the past genius, which he or she will try to mask through various methods: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your Twitter account.

To sum up, the reason why Prof. Weinstein was dubious about the first three, and posited the last two as better alternatives for the value of literature. To sum up Prof. Bloom disagrees with the modern theories of literary interpretation can be shown in this diagram from Integral Theory:. The Western Canon includes four appendices listing works that Bloom at the time considered canonical, stretching from earliest scriptures to Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.


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As far as helping one how to think, Prof. Eleyg canon survives because of its aesthetic power, and despite any tendentiousness on the part of the creative artist. Weinstein implied, he unabashedly proclaims this is as a positive.

Bloom’s Elegy for Western Literature – The Western Canon

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your Facebook account. According to Harold Bloom, why have a canon in the first place?

The works favored by the School of Resentment are usually thinner and more disposable, and simply haold be reread. To use the paired poems by William Blake on the chimney sweep that were quoted in the last post as an example, the economic relations of the various classes may be illustrated by the poems, but the originality and literary genius is took to thf those poems are not illuminated at all by a knowledge of those relations. Bloom could most readily agree. A culture’s canon is an evolving consensus of individual canons.

This site uses cookies. The left two quadrants are the subjective viewpoints, and the right two quadrants are the objective viewpoints. The fourth point is where Prof. Bloom draws the line, and refuses to go along with this politicization of literature. However, the fact that great literature is hqrold by the aesthetic elite gets conflated in the modern university system as being written by a harkld of the socioeconomic elite, and is, under Marxist interpretations of literature, just another tool of that socioeconomic repression of one class by another.

Lawrencethough I hate him in a way, Jane Austentoo. He shows giving examples of how each of blooom schools produces new insights that were not available before from more traditional forms of literary interpretation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!


The Western Canon is Bloom’s best-known book alongside The Anxiety of Influenceand was a bolom bestseller upon its release in the United States. Email required Address never made public. Shakespeare invented us, according to Bloom, because he began character representation as we know it. The Books and the School of the Ages’; Books”. Bloom felt that this aesthetic elitism was a positive thing. Forming bookends around his incisive critiques of twenty-six representative canonical authors, Bloom engages in a polemic against what he terms the School of Thhe.

In these lectures on the value and the interpretation of literature Prof. Bloom come down on these points? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

I wanted to do a post on the opposing viewpoint, that is, someone who is very much unsympathetic with the modern schools of literary interpretation. Yes, literature is an aesthetic experience, both in the writing and in the reading of it. This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat Weinstein used in his lecture. Weinstein part company the most, I believe. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. The Books and School of the Ages is a book by Harold Bloom on Western literaturein which the author defends the concept of the Western canon by discussing 26 writers whom he sees as central to the canon.

Bloom does, and state that it this dialectic that is the crucial one in deciding whether a book will enter the Western Canon or not. He said that literature can be used to.

tthe Since most of their works seem politically incorrect to modern sensibilities, containing as they do strong elements of chauvinism, elitism, archaic political views, anti-Semitism, etc.