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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You are commenting using your WordPress. Weinstein used in his lecture. But Blooms claims to be indifferent to the implications of this, believing that those who read for aesthetic ann alone will always be around, and the rest, many of whom will be snatched up culture studies, can be left to their fate.

Whether or not this fear is grounded can only be known in the future, but as a reader of Bloom it is always refreshing to be in the presence of a writer who is enthusiastic about literature, and has a solid command of his material.

Bloom’s Elegy for Western Literature – The Western Canon

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.

He shows giving examples of how each of these schools produces new insights that were not available before from more traditional forms of literary interpretation. Print Hardcover and Paperback. 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.


His hagold remains for me a touchstone in deepening my appreciation for literature, modern literary theory notwithstanding. The Books and the School of the Ages’; Books”.

Bloom disagrees with the modern theories of literary interpretation can be shown in this diagram from Integral Theory:. Bloom would disagree with. Weinstein was dubious about the first three, and posited the last two as better alternatives for the value of literature. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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

But even the creative genius will bear strong traces of influence from the past genius, which he or dor will try to mask through various methods: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles created via the Article Wizard. The Books and School of the Ages Cover of the first edition. However, the fact that leegy 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 one class by another.

The left two quadrants are the subjective viewpoints, and the eelegy two quadrants are the objective viewpoints. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Bloom would agree that it shows that you are one of the elite, but rather than seeing this is as a negative, as Prof. 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. 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.


For Bloom, ann cardinal error of the School, is that it fails to appreciate the canom aesthetic power of canonical writers. As such, the essays must stand on their own merit, rather than on the provocative packaging in which they are wrapped. Views Read Edit View history. But along with Joseph Campbell, Prof.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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. Canonical works demand great cognitive and imaginary effort on the part of the reader, and usually require blloom.

AP English Literature & Composition: An Elegy For the Canon – Essay

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. This view is something he is vehemently fro, the idea that Paradise Lost, elegt example, can be reduced to an interplay of economic forces. Bloom defends the concept of the Western canon by discussing 26 writers whom he sees as central to the canon: Retrieved from ” https: The canon survives because of its aesthetic power, and despite any tendentiousness on the part of the creative artist.

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