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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The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Il nostro critico aggiunge poi che la narrativa di finzione serve principalmente ad alleviare la solitudine e contemporaneamente ad affermare l’io e “a coglierne i veri interessi”: Why isn’t my favorite author listed here? That’s much better, I think.

Unfortunately, I cannot help to admire a man that has an extensive knowledge of literature. In spite of the bad reviews by goodreaders I usually take at their word, I decided to give the book a chance. It’s still unclear to me his exact reasons for doing so – although as Bloom puts it, I may have been so assimilated by the “weirdness” of The Bard that I can no longer recognize his strangeness.

He has edited hundreds of anthologies.

Il canone occidentale

Nov 07, Nelson Zagalo rated it did not like it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Prof Madya Dr Rosnah Baharuddin. Published October 2nd by Scribner first published 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.

For me personally, there need be no greater reason to read this book, because to me the prospect of reading great books along with Bloom is a wonderful proposition. Dickens again on the same topic Our Mutual Fund 6. Literature is my passion and it oxcidentale his unending passion to read and to celebrate the art and styles of literature, which I cannot overlook. He names Shakespeare, Dante, and the Bible as some of the most important.


Bloom. Western Canon

So he decides to fight “the politics of multiculturalism” and the alleged redundant political correctness of modern views on literature that have caused the “degeneracy of literary studies” by claiming that the reason why the white European males dominate the traditional literary canon is because they have a truth and a genius within them that women, people of colour, those of “various sexual persuasions”, and other minorities just don’t have.

Sometimes we agree, and sometimes we do not, and always the discussion is a pleasure. No one can read that in a lifetime! Bloom worships Shakespeare too.

His selection of texts is also quite conservative and illustrative of his ideological positioning. Il difetto principale del libro occudentale l’ossessivo riduzionismo. Nov 13, Boria Sax rated it it was ok. But honestly, do we really read so as to find such effective schemes to squeeze authors into? I hoped for something different, truthfully. I knew him to be a literary critic and scholar and therefore assumed he would be treating the topic of reading and literature to an academic analysis.

Also, I thought his thoughts about Dante and Beatrice were quite interesting.

How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom

Dante, Chaucer, Cervantes, and Montaigne. Trivia About How to Read and Why. His writing throughout is pithy, witty, and his knowledge of the great texts is paramount.

This is a rare moment of restraint for Bloom. I actually enjoy reading Bloom, if only because I like arguing with him in my cannone. Perhaps this is just an example of the Biblical claim that “there is no new thing under the sun”.


And Bloom does have the great advantage of infecting his readers with his enthusiasm for literature. He also has the bad habit of arguing from authority rather than with reasons.

And this, in fact, is what literary criticism ought to do. View all 9 comments.

Once he gets past his ranting in the beginning regarding the politics of education regarding not pursuing excellence, that reading is in no way improving of society as in his mind it is a “selfish act”, and spending long dreary moments denouncing feminism in literature, disregarding that most of his readers are not wealthy debutantes of the liberal elite given full ride to Harvard, we finally get to book at hand.

A parte il racconto, secondo Bloom tutti gli altri generi e tutti gli altri autori discendono in maniera diretta o indiretta da Shakespeare: Mar 10, Christy rated it occideentale it Shelves: Nice, well-written if exceedingly contained within his position as traditionally educated within Western canoen. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Many of his arguments are in complete opposition to the idea of diversity in literature that I hold Harold Bloom really is a cantankerous old thing, so hard to please and yet so seemingly pleased with himself.