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Western Canon The Books and School of the Ages

ISBN-10: 1573225142
ISBN-13: 9781573225144
Edition: 1994
Authors: Harold Bloom
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Michael Parenti (Ph.D., Yale University) is an internationally known, award-winning author, scholar, and lecturer who addresses a wide variety of political and cultural subjects. Among his recent books are Waiting for Yesterday (2013), The Face of Imperialism (2011), God and His Demons (2010), and Democracy for the Few, 9th edition (2010).Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

Preface and Prelude
On the Canon
An Elegy for the Canon
The Aristocratic Age
Shakespeare, Center of the Canon
The Strangeness of Dante: Ulysses and Beatrice
Chaucer: The Wife of Bath, the Pardoner, and Shakespearean Character
Cervantes: The Play of the World
Montaigne and Moliere: The Canonical Elusiveness of the Truth
Milton's Satan and Shakespeare
Dr. Samuel Johnson, the Canonical Critic
Goethe's Faust, Part Two: The Countercanonical Poem
The Democratic Age
Canonical Memory in Early Wordsworth and Jane Austen's Persuasion
Walt Whitman as Center of the American Canon
Emily Dickinson: Blanks, Transports, the Dark
The Canonical Novel: Dickens's Bleak House, George Eliot's Middlemarch
Tolstoy and Heroism
Ibsen: Trolls and Peer Gynt
The Chaotic Age
Freud: A Shakespearean Reading
Proust: The True Persuasion of Sexual Jealousy
Joyce's Agon with Shakespeare
Woolf's Orlando: Feminism as the Love of Reading
Kafka: Canonical Patience and "Indestructibility"
Borges, Neruda, and Pessoa: Hispanic-Portuguese Whitman
Beckett...Joyce...Proust...Shakespeare
Cataloging the Canon
Elegiac Conclusion
Appendixes
The Theocratic Age
The Aristocratic Age
The Democratic Age
The Chaotic Age: A Canonical Prophecy
Index

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