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The Western Canon by Harold Bloom

The Western Canon

The Western Canon by Harold Bloom
Paperback
Sep 01, 1995 | 560 Pages
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    Sep 01, 1995 | 560 Pages

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Table Of Contents

Preface and Prelude

I. On the Canon
1. An Elegy for the Canon

II. The Aristocratic Age
2. Shakespeare, Center of the Canon
3. The Strangeness of Dante: Ulysses and Beatrice
4. Chaucer: The Wife of Bath, the Pardoner, and Shakespearean Character
5. Cervantes: The Play of the World
6. Montaigne and Molière: The Canonical Elusiveness of the Truth
7. Milton’s Satan and Shakespeare
8. Dr. Samuel Johnson, the Canonical Critic
9. Goethe’s Faust, Part Two: The Countercanonical Poem

III. The Democratic Age
10. Canonical Memory in Early Wordsworth and Jane Austen’s Persuasion
11. Walt Whitman as Center of the American Canon
12. Emily Dickinson: Blanks, Transports, the Dark
13. The Canonical Novel: Dickens’s Bleak House, George Eliot’s Middlemarch
14. Tolstoy and Heroism
15. Ibsen: Trolls and Peer Gynt

IV. The Chaotic Age
16. Freud: A Shakespearian Reading
17. Proust: The True Persuasion of Sexual Jealousy
18. Joyce’s Agon with Shakespeare
19. Woolf’s Orlando: Feminism as the Love of Reading
20. Kafka: Canonical Patience and “Indestructability”
21. Borges, Neruda, and Pessoa: Hispanic-Portuguese Whitman
22. Beckett…Joyce…Proust…Shakespeare

V. Cataloging the Canon
23. Elegiac Conclusion

Appendixes:
A. The Theocratic Age
B. The Aristocratic Age
C. The Democratic Age
D. The Chaotic Age: A Canonical Prophecy
Index

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