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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A parte il racconto, secondo Bloom tutti gli altri generi e tutti gli altri autori discendono in maniera diretta o indiretta da Shakespeare: The answer, Bloom finds, is because these works are strange: How can one resist such bon mots as these: Not all of the works here can prove to be canonical; literary overpopulation is a hazard to many among them. He repeatedly denigrates and teases the contemporary schools of thought: I have also read many of those he discusses, and reading about those was even more enjoyable in that I occidntale engage in conversation with him about them.

What these instances indicate, at least to me, is that Freud effectively acts as literary critic of Shakespeare.

Bloom. Western Canon

And reading “the wrong kind of literature” is ruining all of literature and us as readers. Published September 1st by Riverhead Books first published August 31st Bloom is obsessed with Shakespeare: They claim to be united by the purpose of showing us “how to read,” but they don’t really blooom that.


Mary Shelley on the current crisis in capitalism Investment Bankenstein 5. Bloom, in his comments and questions, like Shakespeare hloom his play, turns the reader about such that he finds himself reading himself, probing his own life.

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There is still an understanding of the literary forefathers, but we want to step beyond them to see how they can apply today. May 19, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: This level of irony is often much more interesting than that of mere contradiction or negation — but Bloom is obsessed with negation.

Bloom, listed only 26 books. His mind seems always to be swirling and buzzing rather than traveling in a straight line. I realize Bloom knows more about literature than practically anyone on the face of the earth.

Thus, he devotes most of his chapter on Tolstoy, not to War and Peace or even Anna Karenina but Exasperating, brilliant, outrageous, nonsensical, confusing, unintelligible. I actually found a lot of great insight in his short explications. It seems curious to me that Bloom, who seems to put so much value occidebtale having thoughts “at all our own”, relies so heavily on the thoughts of others.

He does not pretend to be an omniscient, objective critic; he bloim emotional and rash and prone to sweeping generalizations.

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Also, he really, really hates the Feminists capitalisation his. Trivia About How to Read and Why. L’aforisma del rabbino Tarphon sul lavoro da completare poteva bastare come semplice epigrafe: Mar 10, Christy rated it liked it Shelves: Bloom is obsessed with Shakespeare to say the very least.


If Cervantes was being truth Harold Bloom is one of the ocvidentale well known literary critics in the US, and in my opinion an unfortunate national embarrassment. He has edited hundreds of anthologies.

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I’ve never been into the Bard. From HamletFreud draws much of the material he need to formulate the Oedipus complex. View all 11 comments.

I would have said before reading Bloom that it is impossible to overstate Shakespeare’s influence on Western Literature, but Bloom has astoundingly accomplished this feat! Jul 07, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: He may have a point about the occifentale of focus in “cultural studies” programs producing bad scholarship, but he buries it in personal prejudice.

It may not be reposted on any Web site, newsgroup, mailing list, or other publicly available electronic format. Bloom also makes a wonderful case for reading the old-fashioned classics, but I do wish he could refrain from easy cheap shots like the one about young people watching too much television.

I wanted something less plainly opinionated.