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Steven

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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
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    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"
    "Preserving the integrity of Western lit"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Western Canon the most enjoyable?

    The complexity of Bloom's argument.


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

    Anatomy of Criticism, which advances a similar thesis.


    Have you listened to any of James Armstrong’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Impossible


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator mispronounces several words.

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