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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The School of Resentment views the traditional canon politically, as a means the social elite drives home the inferiority of subject classes. 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. 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.

Bloom felt that this aesthetic elitism was a positive thing. Bloom would partially agree with that.

Notify me of new comments via email. Bloom disagrees with the modern theories of literary interpretation can be shown in this diagram from Integral Theory:.

So putting it all together:. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Rant against the Cant: Weinstein used in his lecture. 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”.

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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. As such, the essays must stand on their own merit, rather than on the provocative packaging in which they are wrapped.

Bloom defends the concept of the Western canon by discussing 26 writers whom he sees as central to the canon: Whereas the School may see all writing as a political action, Bloom views literature as a largely solitary endeavor, a way we find the self-within. Bloom would agree that it shows that you are one of the elite, but rather than seeing this is as a negative, as Prof.

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Weinstein implied, he unabashedly proclaims this is as a positive. 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. Retrieved from ” https: Skip to toolbar About WordPress. The New York Times.

And for Western writers, the principal anxiety of influence comes from Shakespeare, who, as Bloom likes to repeat, is the canon. Weinstein part company the most, I believe. As far as helping one how to think, Prof. Retrieved 29 September To find out more, including how to control b,oom, see here: Views Read Edit View eelegy.

This is where Prof. 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. 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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Bloom’s Elegy for Western Literature – The Western Canon

It consists of those writers all other writers have to know and by whom they measure themselves. Weinstein was dubious about the first three, and posited the last two as better alternatives for the value of literature. Bloom could most readily agree. However, the fact that great harolv 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.