Read The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages PDF by Harold Bloom

Read The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages PDF by Harold Bloom

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Harold Bloom explores our Western literary tradition by concentrating on the works of twenty six authors central to the Canon He argues against ideology in literary criticism he laments the loss of intellectual and aesthetic standards he deplores multiculturalism, Marxism, feminism, neoconservatism, Afrocentrism, and the New Historicism Insisting instead upon the auto Harold Bloom explores our Western literary tradition by concentrating on the works of twenty six authors central to the Canon He argues against ideology in literary criticism he laments the loss of intellectual and aesthetic standards he deplores multiculturalism, Marxism, feminism, neoconservatism, Afrocentrism, and the New Historicism Insisting instead upon the autonomy of the aesthetic, Bloom places Shakespeare at the center of the Western Canon Shakespeare has become the touchstone for all writers who come before and after him, whether playwrights poets or storytellers In the creation of character, Bloom maintains, Shakespeare has no true precursor and has left no one after him untouched Milton, Samuel Johnson, Goethe, Ibsen, Joyce, and Beckett were all indebted to him Tolstoy and Freud rebelled against him and Dante, Wordsworth, Austen, Dickens, Whitman, Dickinson, Proust, the modern Hispanic and Portuguese writers Borges, Neruda, and Pessoa are exquisite examples of how canonical writing is born of an originality fused with tradition Bloom concludes this provocative, trenchant work with a complete list of essential writers and books his vision of the Canon

Title : The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages
Author :  Harold Bloom
Language : English
Isbn : 0151957479
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 578 pages

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