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Bruce

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  • The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harold Bloom
    • Narrated By James Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (120)
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    (31)
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    (32)

    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 aesthetic," Bloom places Shakespeare at the center of the Western Canon.....

    Steffen says: "A personal and opinionated book on the Canon"
    "The Western Canon by Harold Bloom"
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    If you could sum up The Western Canon in three words, what would they be?

    Wise, erudite, enlightening.


    What other book might you compare The Western Canon to and why?

    The Western Canon is unlike any other book I've read. However, although they are very different, if you liked David Denby's Great Books, you'll like The Western Canon.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Armstrong’s performances?

    No. The man is an ignoramus. He mispronounces the names of many of the greatest writers and philosophers of the western tradition. He clearly has never heard of Jorge Luis Borges, Foucault, Nietzsche, and many others, and it shows in his reading.


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