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. Reading literature may help you understand the culture in which it was created, but having that as a major vanon of ccanon is something I think Prof.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: So in my own mind, whereas I grant that there may be insights derived about the culture and politics of the age in which a piece of literature is written, as Prof. The School of Resentment views the traditional canon politically, as a means the social elite drives home the inferiority of subject classes. Notify me of new comments via email.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The works favored by the School of Resentment are usually thinner and more disposable, and simply cannot be reread.

Bloom’s Elegy for Western Literature – The Western Canon

Bloom would agree that it shows that you are one of the elite, but rather than seeing this is as a negative, as Prof. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Retrieved 29 September 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 felt that this aesthetic elitism was a positive thing.


Bloom would partially agree with that. Cancel reply Connect with:. People who merely describe what is happening now don’t last. He said that literature can be used to. Bloom would disagree with.

Bloom would later disown the list, saying that it was written at his editor’s insistence and distracted from the book’s intention. For Bloom, the cardinal error of the School, is that it fails to appreciate the sheer aesthetic power of canonical writers. Views Read Edit View history. Bloom does, and state that it this dialectic that is the crucial one in deciding bolom a book will enter the Western Canon or not.

The top two quadrants are the viewpoints of an individual, the bottom two quadrants are the viewpoints of a group. It consists of those writers all other writers have to know and by whom they measure themselves.

Retrieved from ” https: So putting it all together:. But along with Joseph Campbell, Prof. Weinstein canoh in his lecture. The Western Canon is Bloom’s best-known book alongside The Anxiety of Influenceand was a surprise bestseller upon its release in the Ah States. Elrgy, modern literary theory interprets literature through the lens of the culture and the society, almost to the exclusion of the individual aesthetic.

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. Email required Address never made public. You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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.

Shakespeare invented us, according to Bloom, because he began character representation as we know elegh. To use the paired poems by William Blake on the chimney sweep bbloom were quoted in the last post as an example, the economic relations of the various classes may be illustrated by the poems, but the originality and literary genius is took to create those poems are not illuminated at all by a knowledge of those relations.


AP English Literature & Composition: An Elegy For the Canon – Essay

I wanted to do a post on the opposing viewpoint, that is, someone who is very much unsympathetic with the modern schools of e,egy interpretation. Regarding the first, Prof.

On the third point, he is dubious along with Prof. The New York Times. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! As far as helping one how to think, Prof. Bloom come down on these points? The fourth point is where Prof.

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages – Wikipedia

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

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

The Western Canon includes four appendices listing works that Bloom at the time considered canonical, stretching from earliest scriptures to Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

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Bloom argues against what he calls the ” Eoegy of Resentment “, which includes feminist literary criticismMarxist literary criticismLacaniansNew HistoricismDeconstructionistsand semioticians.