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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As such, the essays must stand on their own merit, rather than on the provocative packaging in which they are wrapped. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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. To sum up Prof. He shows giving examples of how each of these schools produces new insights that were not available before from more traditional forms of literary interpretation.


It consists of those writers all other writers have to know and by whom they measure themselves. Weinstein posits, I much prefer to center the experience of literature within the realm of the individual writer and reader, as Prof.

A culture’s canon is an evolving canln of individual canons. Share Share Tweet Share Pin it. Reading literature may help you understand the culture in which it was created, but having that as a major value of literature is something I think Prof.

Lawrencethough I hate him in a way, Jane Austentoo. So in my own mind, whereas I ccanon that there may be insights derived about the culture and politics of the age in which a piece of literature is written, as Prof.

Your email address will not be published. His work remains for me a touchstone in deepening my appreciation for literature, modern literary theory notwithstanding. Bloom argues against what he calls the ” School of Resentment “, which includes feminist literary criticismBarold literary criticismLacaniansNew HistoricismDeconstructionistsand semioticians.


Bloom’s Elegy for Western Literature – The Western Canon

Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles created via the Article Wizard. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Bloom would disagree with. So putting it all together:. Bloom felt that this aesthetic elitism was a positive thing. Bloom would bllom agree with that. Shakespeare invented us, according to Bloom, because he began character representation as we know it. Norman Fruman wrote that ” The Western Canon is a heroically brave, formidably learned and often unbearably sad response to the present state of the humanities”.

Ccanon view is something he is vehemently against, the idea that Paradise Lost, for example, can be reduced to an interplay of economic forces. Print Hardcover and Paperback. Whether or not this fear is grounded can only be known in the future, but as a reader of Bloom it is always refreshing to be in the presence of a writer who is enthusiastic about literature, and has a solid command of his material.

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.

To sum up, the reason why Prof. As far as helping one how to think, Prof. Skip to toolbar About WordPress. Bloom defends the concept of the Western canon by discussing 26 writers whom he sees as central to the canon: According to Harold Bloom, why have a canon in the first place?

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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Cover of the first edition. The works favored by the School of Resentment fog usually thinner and more disposable, and simply cannot be reread. The anxiety of influence sees each new potential writer as largely an ephebe, who has digested a great deal of canonical works even before he has begun to write, but who must struggle to overcome these influences, lest his own originality be strangled stillborn.


The canon survives because of its aesthetic power, and despite any tendentiousness on the part of the creative artist. Weinstein part company the most, I believe. Bloom would later disown the list, saying that it was written at his editor’s insistence and distracted from the book’s intention.

Bloom draws the line, and refuses to go along with this politicization of literature. Notify me of new comments via email. But along with Joseph Campbell, Prof.

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: Each quadrant holds a way of viewing the world. You are commenting using your Facebook account. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Bloom disagrees with the modern theories of literary interpretation can be shown in this diagram from Integral Theory:. This school is composed of Feminists, Historicists, Deconstructionists, and Afrocentrists, among others, all of who wish to widen the canon so as to include works of th oppressed: Views Read Edit View history.

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