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The Western canon : [electronic resource] the books and school of the ages / Harold Bloom.

By: Bloom, Harold.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, c1994Edition: 1st ed.Description: viii, 578 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0151957479 :; 9780151957477.Subject(s): Canon (Literature) | Literature -- History and criticism | Literatura -- Historia y crítica | Letterkunde | Canon | Chefs-d'uvre (Littérature) | Littérature -- Histoire et critiqueDDC classification: 809 Other classification: 17.82 Online resources: Free eBook from the Internet Archive | Additional information and access via Open Library
Contents:
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 Molière : 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 : Dicken'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.
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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 Molière : 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 : Dicken'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.

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