The Western Canon


Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547546483
Category: Literary Criticism
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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, Afro-centrism, and the New Historicism.

The Western Canon

Appendix A?d
Author: Harold Bloom,Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781503250932
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The Western Canon Harold Bloom Appendix A-D The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages is a 1994 book by Harold Bloom on Western literature. It is his best-known book alongside The Anxiety of Influence, and was a surprise bestseller upon its release in the United States. The book argues against what Bloom calls the "School of Resentment", in which he includes feminist literary criticism, Marxist literary criticism, Lacanians, New Historicism, Deconstructionists, and semioticians. The book also contained four appendices that listed works that at the time he considered canonical, stretching from earliest scriptures to Tony Kushner's Angels in America. Bloom would later disown the list, saying that it was written at his editor's insistence and distracted from the book's intention. 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".

On Spectrality

Fantasies of Redemption in the Western Canon
Author: David Ratmoko
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820481302
Category: History
Page: 163
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In this bold and highly original work, David Ratmoko offers an analysis of haunting in the history of European literature, law, and politics, in the wake of Derrida's notion of 'spectrality'. Interested in figures of redemption from guilt, he traces the rise of canonical literature through the history of an encryption or transcoding that has produced such fantastic compromises as Exodus, Greek tragedy, Dante's "Comedia," and Shakespeare's "Hamlet" as well as the conversion into capitalism. Addressing the issue of ghosts through our modern crisis of legitimacy, as raised by Benjamin, Schmitt, and Kafka, Ratmoko explores Freud's idea of traumatic fantasy in its capacity of driving the progress of spirituality or spectrality in the Judeo-Christian world.

Hungarian Perspectives on the Western Canon

Post-Comparative Readings
Author: László Bengi,Ernő Kulcsár Szabó,Gábor Mezei
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443892564
Category: Social Science
Page: 305
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In this collection, Hungarian literature is read together with canonical works of the Western literary tradition. The book studies the distinction between “major” and “minor” literatures, showing that such parallel readings may highlight previously unknown components of the literary tradition. The book does not hold traditional comparative methods, based on verifiable mediations or transactions between national philologies and national literary narratives, to be the exclusive standard of interpretation; readings can concentrate on common surfaces and textual events instead. This is what is meant by ‘post-comparative’ perspectives, a term to indicate that the conditions of a comparative reading never precede the reading itself. On this basis, the present volume points at several possibilities of how a common ground between texts can be created, especially because the chapters within it perform parallel readings in highly different ways.

The Western Canon

The Books and School of the Ages
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 578
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A study of twenty-six canonical writers details the qualities that make them literary essentials, and includes Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Beckett, Tolstoy, Freud, Molie+a6re, and others. By the author of The Book of J. 100,000 first printing. National ad/promo.

Homer in the Twentieth Century

Between World Literature and the Western Canon
Author: Barbara Graziosi,Emily Greenwood
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199298262
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 322
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This collection of essays explores the crucial place of Homer in the shifting cultural landscape of the twentieth century. It argues that Homer was viewed both as the founding father of the Western literary canon and as sharing important features with poems, performances, and traditions which were often deemed neither literary nor Western: the epics of Yugoslavia and sub-Saharan Africa, the keening performances of Irish women, the spontaneous inventiveness of the Blues. The book contributes to current debates about the nature of the Western literary canon, the evolving notion of world literature, the relationship between orality and the written word, and the dialogue between texts across time and space. Homer in the Twentieth Century contends that the Homeric poems play an important role in shaping those debates and, conversely, that the experiences of the twentieth century open new avenues for the interpretation of Homer's much-travelled texts.

Shakespeare

die Erfindung des Menschlichen
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783827003256
Category:
Page: 1065
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Political Correctness

For and Against
Author: Marilyn Friedman,Jan Narveson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847679867
Category: Social Science
Page: 153
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Two prominent philosophers here engage in a forthright debate over some of the centrally disputed topics in the political correctness controversy now taking place on college campuses across the nation, including feminism, campus speech codes, the western canon, and the nature of truth. Friedman and Narveson conclude the volume with direct replies to each other's positions.

Great Authors of the Western Canon

Biographies of Twenty-Six Famous Authors
Author: Paul F. Kisak
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781548455767
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Page: 486
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What makes a book "classic" is a concern that has occurred to various authors ranging from Italo Calvino to Mark Twain and the related questions of "Why Read the Classics?" and "What Is a Classic?" have been essayed by authors from different genres and eras, including Calvino, T. S. Eliot, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Michael Dirda, and Ezra Pound.The terms "classic book" and Western canon are closely related concepts, but they are not necessarily synonymous. A "canon" refers to a list of books considered to be "essential" and is presented in a variety of ways. It can be published as a collection (such as Great Books of the Western World, Modern Library, Everyman's Library, or Penguin Classics), presented as a list with an academic's imprimatur (such as Harold Bloom's) or be the official reading list of an institution of higher learning.Some of the writers who are generally considered the most important in Western literature are Homer, Aeschylus, Euripides, Virgil, Horace, Geoffrey Chaucer, Dante Alighieri, William Shakespeare, Fran�ois Rabelais, Jean Racine, Moli�re, Cam�es, Miguel de Cervantes, Michel de Montaigne, John Milton, Samuel Johnson, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Honor� de Balzac, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Leo Tolstoy, Henrik Ibsen, Sigmund Freud, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, E�a de Queir�s, Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, Fernando Pessoa, and Samuel Beckett.This book discusses the biographies of the above authors and their works.This book is designed to be a state of the art, superb academic reference work and provide an overview of the topic and give the reader a structured knowledge to familiarize yourself with the topic at the most affordable price possible.The accuracy and knowledge is of an international viewpoint as the edited articles represent the inputs of many knowledgeable individuals and some of the most current knowledge on the topic, based on the date of publication.

The Western Canon of Classic Literature

The Great Books of the Western World
Author: Peter J. King
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539435501
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Page: 96
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The word canon refers to a scholarly acceptance and definition of a body of (usually) literary works that comprise the 'school of thought' or fundamental contributory works in a particular field of literature. Examples would include the Eastern canon of literature, The Biblical Canon and The Western canon. This book is about The Western Canon of Classic Literature. It is mainly a listing and overview of the titles comprising the great collections of Western Literature. These collections include but are not limited to Encyclopedia Brittanica's great books of The Western World & The Syntopicon, The Harvard Classics, The Oxford World's Classics, The Penguin Classics and The Modern Library 100 Best Novels. This book is designed to be a state of the art, superb academic reference work and provide an overview of the topic and give the reader a structured knowledge to familiarize yourself with the topic at the most affordable price possible. The accuracy and knowledge is of an international viewpoint as the edited articles represent the inputs of many knowledgeable individuals and some of the most current knowledge on the topic, based on the date of publication.

How the West was Won

Essays on the Literary Imagination, the Canon, and the Christian Middle Ages for Burcht Pranger
Author: Willemien Otten,Arie Johan Vanderjagt,Hent De Vries,Arjo Vanderjagt
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004184961
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 420
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This volume contains articles on various aspects of literary imagination, with essays ranging from Petrarch to Voltaire, on the canon, with essays on western history as one of shifting cultural ideals, and on the Christian Middle Ages. The volume is a Festschrift for Burcht Pranger of the University of Amsterdam.

Geborgtes Glück

Die schönsten Erzählungen
Author: William Trevor
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783455404470
Category:
Page: 127
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The Great Canon Controversy

The Battle of the Books in Higher Education
Author: William Casement
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412837064
Category: Education
Page: 172
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Debate about teaching the great books of the Western canon has galvanized American higher education in recent years. The Great Canon Controversy provides an overview of the debate, summarizing the position for the canon and the position against it. Casement supports continued teaching of the canon and respect for it, while calling for revising reading lists to include nontraditional works. Part I describes how the canon was taught from ancient Greece to the present, noting key arguments for this form of pedagogy that are still with us today, specific books that were taught at different times over the centuries, and controversies the canon has been subject to in the past. Part II deals with anticanonism, epistemological and political dimensions of the theory underlying it. Casement then shows concrete examples of anticanonism in operation, at Stanford University and St. Lawrence University. Casement argues that, while much of what anticanonists say is hyperbolic or mistaken, we should listen to their demand to give fair treatment to works by marginalized authors and to great non-Western works. This means re-reviewing works worthy of canonization that may have been obscured by prejudice, but still requiring that they make it on their own merits and not out of sympathy for their authors. The Great Canon Controversy will be of great interest to educators and students alike, as well as those interested in the future of higher education in the United States.

Before the West Was West

Critical Essays on Pre-1800 Literature of the American Frontiers
Author: Amy T. Hamilton,Tom J. Hillard
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 080326531X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 336
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Before the West Was West examines the extent to which scholars have engaged in-depth with pre-1800 “western” texts and asks what we mean by “western” American literature in the first place and when that designation originated. Calling into question the implicit temporal boundaries of the “American West” in literature, a literature often viewed as having commenced only at the beginning of the 1800s, Before the West Was West explores the concrete, meaningful connections between different texts as well as the development of national ideologies and mythologies. Examining pre-nineteenth-century writings that do not fit conceptions of the Wild West or of cowboys, cattle ranching, and the Pony Express, these thirteen essays demonstrate that no single, unified idea or geography defines the American West. Contributors investigate texts ranging from the Norse Vinland Sagas and Mary Rowlandson’s famous captivity narrative to early Spanish and French exploration narratives, an eighteenth-century English novel, and a play by Aphra Behn. Through its examination of the disparate and multifaceted body of literature that arises from a broad array of cultural backgrounds and influences, Before the West Was West apprehends the literary West in temporal as well as spatial and cultural terms and poses new questions about “westernness” and its literary representation.