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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This school is composed of Feminists, Historicists, Deconstructionists, and Afrocentrists, among others, all of who wish fhe widen the canon so as to include works of the oppressed: Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

Bloom could most readily agree. However, modern literary theory interprets literature through the lens of the culture and the society, almost to the exclusion of the individual aesthetic. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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.

Weinstein used in his lecture. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. So putting it all together:. The New York Times. This view is something he is vehemently against, the idea that Paradise Lost, for example, can be reduced to an interplay of economic forces.

You are commenting using your WordPress. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: 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.


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I think the fifth point, that literature can take you inside a time and place and create an inner world that compels the reader, is probably the point where Prof. Yes, literature is an aesthetic experience, both in the writing and in the reading of it.

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 draws the line, and refuses to go along with this politicization of literature.

It consists of those writers all other writers have to know and by whom they measure themselves. Reading a great piece of literature is more daunting and requires more from a reader elefy reading the average bestseller, and for this reason it is going to be elitist almost by definition. Skip to toolbar About WordPress. To sum up, the reason why Prof. Bloom defends the concept of the Western canon by discussing 26 writers whom he sees as central to the canon: Forming bookends around his incisive critiques of twenty-six representative canonical authors, Bloom engages in a polemic against what he terms the School of Resentment.

Arnold Weinstein of Brown University was sympathetic to some of the schools of interpretation such as psychoanalysis harolx Freud, Marxism, postmodernism, feminism, and New Historicism, among others.

Print Hardcover and Paperback. Share Share Tweet Share Pin it. However, the fact that great literature is written by the aesthetic elite gets conflated in the modern university system as being written by a product of the socioeconomic elite, and is, under Marxist interpretations of literature, just another tool of that socioeconomic repression of one class by another.

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The School of Resentment views the traditional canon politically, as a means the social elite drives home the inferiority of subject classes. Weinstein was dubious about the first three, and posited the last two as better alternatives for the value of literature.

Bloom’s Elegy for Western Literature – The Western Canon

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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. Bloom would later disown the list, saying that it was written at his editor’s insistence and distracted from the book’s intention. To sum harokd Prof.

Lawrencethough I hate him in a way, Jane Austentoo. His work remains for me a touchstone in deepening my appreciation for literature, modern literary theory notwithstanding. As far as helping one how to think, Prof.

In these eleegy on the value and the interpretation of literature Prof. 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. Views Read Edit View history. Notify me of new comments via email. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles created via the Article Wizard. The fourth point is where Prof. Your email address will not be published.

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