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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But Blooms claims to be indifferent to the implications of this, believing that those who read for aesthetic enjoyment alone will always be around, and the rest, many of whom will be snatched up culture studies, can be left to their fate. The works favored by the School of Resentment are usually thinner and more disposable, and simply cannot be reread. The Western Canon is Bloom’s best-known book alongside The Anxiety of Influenceand was a surprise bestseller upon its release in the United States.

Cancel reply Connect with:. 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. 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.

Bloom defends the concept of the Western canon by discussing 26 writers whom he sees as central to the canon: 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.

Cover of the first edition. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your WordPress. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Post was not sent – check your email addresses! 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.


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Bloom’s Elegy for Western Literature – The Western Canon

Rant against the Cant: Print Hardcover and Paperback. This site uses cookies. I wanted tue do a post on the opposing viewpoint, that is, someone who is very much unsympathetic with the modern schools of literary interpretation. And for Western writers, the principal anxiety of influence comes from Shakespeare, who, as Bloom likes elgy repeat, is the canon. Yes, literature is an aesthetic experience, both in the writing and in the reading of it.

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Reading a great piece of literature is more daunting and requires more from a reader than reading the average bestseller, and for this reason it is going to be elitist almost by definition. This view is something he is vehemently against, the idea that Paradise Lost, for example, can be reduced to an interplay of economic forces. Each quadrant holds a way of viewing the world.

Weinstein posits, I much prefer to center the experience of literature within the realm of the individual writer and reader, as Prof. To sum up, the reason why Prof. So putting it eleyy together:.

Retrieved 29 September Canonical works demand great cognitive and imaginary effort on the part of the reader, and usually require rereading.

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. On the third point, he is dubious along with Prof. 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.

A culture’s canon is an evolving consensus of individual canons. The top two quadrants are the viewpoints of an individual, the bottom two quadrants are the viewpoints of a group. Bloom disagrees with the modern theories of literary interpretation can be shown in this diagram from Integral Theory:.


Share Share Tweet Share Pin it. The left two quadrants are the subjective viewpoints, and the right two quadrants are the objective viewpoints.

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.

This ab was last edited on 8 Decemberat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Books and School of the Ages Cover of the first edition.

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

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Bloom argues against what he calls the ” School of Resentment “, which includes feminist literary criticismMarxist literary criticismLacaniansNew HistoricismDeconstructionistsand semioticians. Weinstein was dubious about fpr first cor, and posited the last two as better alternatives for the value of literature. Weinstein implied, he unabashedly proclaims this is as a positive. 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.

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Eegy would disagree with. Bloom draws the line, and refuses to go along with this politicization of literature. Regarding the first, Prof. He said that literature can be used to.