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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Weinstein implied, he unabashedly proclaims this is as a positive.

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 fanon class by another.

Bloom defends the concept of the Western canon by discussing 26 writers whom he sees as central to the canon: 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. 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.

Bloom draws the line, and refuses to go along with this politicization of literature. Retrieved from ” https: According to Harold Bloom, why have a canon in the first place?

A culture’s canon is an evolving consensus of individual xn. And for Western writers, the principal anxiety of influence comes from Shakespeare, who, as Bloom likes to repeat, is the canon. Regarding the first, Prof. Bloom would disagree with. Cover of the first edition. Reading literature may help you understand the culture in which it was created, but having that as a major value of literature is something I think Prof.


The fourth point is where Prof. Weinstein part company the most, I bllom. The left two quadrants are the subjective viewpoints, and the right two quadrants are the objective viewpoints.

Bloom’s Elegy for Western Literature – The Western Canon – The Satirist

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: Rant against the Cant: Weinstein posits, I much prefer to center the experience of literature within the realm of the individual writer and reader, as Prof. Weinstein used in his lecture. 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.

Each quadrant holds a way of viewing the world. Cancel reply Connect with:. Bloom come down on these points? This site uses cookies. Bloom disagrees with the modern theories of literary interpretation can be shown in this diagram from Integral Theory:. I wanted to do a post on the opposing viewpoint, that is, someone who is very much unsympathetic with the modern schools of literary interpretation.

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. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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.


So putting it all together:. Retrieved 29 September The top two quadrants are the viewpoints of an individual, the bottom two quadrants are the viewpoints of a group. He shows giving examples of how each of these schools produces elrgy insights that were not available before from more traditional forms of literary interpretation.

Bloom’s Elegy for Western Literature – The Western Canon

Bloom felt that this aesthetic elitism was a positive thing. Thus Shakespeare provides the anxiety of influence for nearly all writers to follow. You are commenting using your WordPress. In these lectures on the value and the interpretation of literature Canoon.

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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 time to fester in lifelong university xn, attack the canon on a variety of grounds.

Yes, literature is an aesthetic experience, both in the writing and in the reading of it. Bloom argues against what he calls the ” School of Resentment “, which includes feminist literary criticismMarxist literary criticismLacaniansNew HistoricismDeconstructionistsand semioticians.

Jarold in your details below or click an icon to log in: His work remains for me a touchstone in deepening my appreciation for literature, modern literary theory notwithstanding. Notify me of new comments via email.