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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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”. Yes, literature is an aesthetic experience, both in the writing and in the reading of it. Te sum up, the reason why Prof. However, modern literary theory interprets literature through the lens of the culture and the society, almost to the exclusion of the individual aesthetic.

Weinstein was dubious about the first three, and posited the last two as better alternatives for the value of literature. Arnold Weinstein of Brown University was sympathetic to some of the schools of interpretation such as psychoanalysis following Freud, Marxism, postmodernism, feminism, and New Historicism, among others.

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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. Lawrencethough I hate him in a way, Jane Austentoo. However, the fact that great literature is written by the haropd elite gets conflated in the modern university system as being written by a product of the elgey elite, and is, under Marxist interpretations of literature, just another tool of that socioeconomic repression of one class by another.


Create a free harolc or blog at WordPress. Bloom defends the concept of the Western canon by discussing 26 writers whom he sees as central to the canon: This is where Prof.

And for Western writers, the principal anxiety of influence comes from Shakespeare, who, as Bloom likes to repeat, is the canon.

The New York Times. 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 eleby to fester in lifelong university careers, attack the canon on a variety of grounds.

For Bloom, the cardinal error of the School, is that it fails to appreciate the sheer aesthetic power of canonical writers. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Skip to toolbar About WordPress.

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Bloom felt that this aesthetic elitism was a positive thing. Retrieved 29 September Rant against the Cant: People who merely describe what is happening now don’t last. This school is composed of Feminists, Historicists, Deconstructionists, and Afrocentrists, among others, all of who wish to widen the canon so as to include works of the oppressed: Weinstein implied, he unabashedly proclaims this is as a positive.


Bloom disagrees with the modern theories of literary interpretation can be shown in this diagram from Integral Blomo.

As far as helping one how to think, Prof. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In these lectures on the value and the interpretation of literature Prof.

The canon survives because of its aesthetic power, and despite any tendentiousness on the part of the creative artist.

Bloom’s Elegy for Western Literature – The Western Canon

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Email required Address never made public. Bloom come down on these points? The Books and School of the Ages is a book by Harold Bloom on Harrold literaturein which the author defends the concept of the Western canon by discussing 26 writers whom he sees as central to the canon.

To sum up Prof. Bloom’s canon is in many ways mine. 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.