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Western canon the books and school of the ages by Harold Bloom

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Published by Macmillan in London .
Written in English


  • Canon (Literature),
  • Literature -- Religious aspects

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StatementHarold Bloom.
The Physical Object
Pagination578 p. ;
Number of Pages578
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22137968M
ISBN 100333648137

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"I have included some Sanskrit works, scriptures and fundamental literary texts, because of their influence on the Western canon. The immense wealth of ancient Chinese literature is mostly a sphere apart from Western literary tradition and is rarely conveyed adequately in .   Literary critic Harold Bloom's The Western Canon is more than a required reading list-it is a vision. Infused with a love of learning, compelling in its arguments for a unifying written culture, it argues brilliantly against the politicization of literature and presents a guide to the great works of the western literary tradition and essential writers of the ages/5. I have little desire to rehash the politics, but the facts are plain: by the time I arrived in college as an undergraduate English major in the mids, the idea of the “Western Canon” as a container of—in the words of a famous hymn—“all that’s good, and great, and true” was seriously on the wane, to put it mildly. And in many quarters of academia, mention of the name of Yale.   The Divine Harold Bloom (as he uses the term for Oscar Wilde) here defends the Western Canon, and while so doing became the recipient of much undeserved criticism, from the likes of so-called New Historicists, gender theorists, Marxist interpreters, and devotees of the School of Resentment/5.

About The Western Canon. NATIONAL BESTSELLER NOMINATED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD “Heroically brave, formidably learned The Western Canon is a passionate demonstration of why some writers have triumphantly escaped the oblivion in which time buries almost all human inspires hope that what humanity has long cherished, posterity will also.”. "The 'Western Canon' (a highly controversial term) as listed by critics like Harold Bloom, runs to thousands of books. I don't think even Harold Bloom has had the time to read them all. So here I will give a list of what I consider the 'essential' works. Great-Books Reading List: Western Canon. Print this page for your own use.. This list is based upon great-books reading lists in the USA and UK. It is in no way complete; it . Rooms & Guests 1 Room 1 Adult, 0 Children 1 Guest. If you are booking four or more rooms please go to Group Reservations. Dates of Stay Fri. 14 Feb, Sat. Invalid date. Please correct and re-submit.

Harold Bloom's book The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages is centered around the concept of a literary canon, which Bloom describes as "what has been preserved out of what has been written." The term canon is religious in origin, initially referring to wisdom literature chosen for inclusion into Scripture by the Christian by: One of our biggest critical gun fires a characteristically Olympian broadside into the canon debate, no quarter spared for the politically correct. In measures carefully calculated to raise the hackles of would-be canon revisers Bloom (The Book of J, , etc.) assails the current disease of moral smugness that is destroying literary study in the name of socio-economic justice.   Just look: His new book, The Western Canon: The Books and the School of the Ages (Harcourt Brace, $) is a lengthy, frequently enlightening, sometimes baffling overview of . Excerpts from two reviews of this book are also available. SUMMARY: This book argues that aesthetic value is autonomous of both morality and also insists that aesthetic originality is the only qualification for inclusion in the Canon of Western illustrate his thesis, Bloom selects 26 representative European and American writers, ranging chronologically from.