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  Canon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Canon law, all legislation adopted by an ecumenical council of the Catholic or Eastern Orthodox churches
Canon (music), a contrapuntal composition that employs a melody with one or more imitations
Canon (fiction), the body of works that are considered to be "genuine" or "official" within a certain fictional universe
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 Western canon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Western canon is a canon of books and art (and specifically one with very loose boundaries) that has allegedly been highly influential in shaping Western culture.
The selection of a canon is important to the theory of educational perennialism.
Works which are commonly included in the canon include works of fiction such as epic poems, poetry, music, drama, novels, and other assorted forms of literature from the many, diverse Western (and more recently non-Western) cultures.
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 Knowledge King - Western canon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The Western canon is a canon of books and art, and specifically a set with very loose boundaries of books and other art that, in general, have been most influential in shaping Western culture.
Authors such as Yale Professor of Humanities Harold Bloom have spoken strongly in favor of the canon, and in general the canon remains as a represented idea in most institutions, though its implications continue to be debated heavily.
Works which are commonly included in the canon include works of fiction such as epic poems, poetry, drama, literature from many different Western (and more recently, many non-Western) cultures, novels.
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All canons, including our currently fashionable counter-canons, are elitist, and as no secular canon is ever closed, what is now acclaimed as "opening up the canon" is a strictly redundant op eration.
Although canons, like all lists and catalogs, have a tendency to be inclusive rather than exclusive, we have now reached the point at which a lifetime's reading and rereading can scarcely take one through the Western Canon.
The Canon is indeed a gauge of vitality, a measurement that attempts to map the incommensurate.
www.mrbauld.com /elegy3.html   (1354 words)

  
 Presidential Lectures: Harold Bloom: Excerpts
In the book's appendices, Bloom also details The Western Canon more fully, listing writers and their canonical works in four chronological periods: the Theocratic Age (from the ancient Near East to the Middle Ages), the Aristocratic Age (from Dante to Goethe), the Democratic Age (the nineteenth century) and the Chaotic Age (the twentieth century).
The Western Canon, despite the limitless idealism of those who would open it up, exists precisely in order to impose limits, to set a standard of measurement that is anything but political or moral.
Most simply, the Canon is Plato and Shakespeare; it is the image of the individual thinking, whether it be Socrates thinking through his own dying, or Hamlet contemplating that undiscovered company.
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 Upstream: Upstream: Reading: Bloom: Canon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The School of Resentment, by which he refers to feminist, Marxist, and deconstructionist critics, argues that the Western canon is tired and irrelevant, a construct imposed by a societal and political elite.
Theorizing about the existence of the canon and its desirability is the sort of pursuit which the great ideologues of campus media would like to sink their teeth into.
Shakespeare is placed at the very center: "At once no one and everyone, nothing and everything, Shakespeare is the Western Canon." His universality is achieved by a singular ability to examine and expose the nature of humanity and to mold it with a vivid reality into his imaginary individuals on stage.
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 Western canon - FreeEncyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Western canon is a term used to describe a canon of books and art, and specifically a set with very fuzzy boundaries of books and other art that, in general, have been most influential in shaping Western culture.
Starting in the 1960s, but growing considerably in the 1980s, classic books were attacked by various groups as being from "dead, white, Western men" and not representing the viewpoints of other people (i.e., most people in the world).
These groups advocated inclusion/study of all literature, sometimes to the exclusion of literature ordinarily placed in the traditional Western canon; this practice has been called "rewriting the canon." This trend continues strong in most universities, but has waned somewhat in its influence in recent years.
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 WESTERN CANON GREAT BOOKS UNIVERSITY
So welcome to Western Canon University, where the professors are the Great Books of the Western Heritage, the lecture halls extend throughout the watery globe, and the daily homework assignment is to live one’s life in the context of the Greats.
The Western Canon is the final gem that is sought by those who have obtained all other forms of worldly treasures and material wealth.
At Western Canon University we look forward to having volunteer tutors preside over the discussion forums, lead the debates, and suggest passages, works, and volumes of criticism which might be of particular interest to scholars of the Western Soul.
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 Western canon
The Western canon is a canon of books and art, and specifically a set with very loose boundaries of books and other art, that has allegedly been highly influential in shaping Western culture.
Authors such as Yale Professor of Humanities Harold Bloom have also spoken strongly in favor of the canon, and in general the canon remains as a represented idea in most institutions, though its implications continue to be debated heavily.
Still, even while ignoring the political issues, the selection of the canon betrays either a bias against or ignorance of non-Western traditions, in addition to ignorance of less publicized areas, intellectual and geographic, of Western literature.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/Western_canon   (544 words)

  
 The Western Canon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
This new paradigm for literary studies is articulated along the various trajectories of postmodernism, the poststructuralist critique of universalism and foundational philosophy, and the multiculturalist interrogation of the traditional Eurocentric canon from Third Worldist, feminist, minority, and class perspectives.
The evolutionary trajectory of the anthology, with its reverential treatment of the Western canon and random inclusions and exclusions of non-Western writers, parallels the historical trajectory of Western European and North American enunciations of global relations.
Then the category of "Third World Literature" emerged in the 1960's as a sort of alternative canon (Ahmad 78-86), the mere existence of which begins, two decades later, to be tacitly conceded by the Norton anthology.
www.ndsu.nodak.edu /RRCWL/V1/Canon1.html   (2297 words)

  
 The Scorpion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Shakespeare is the Western canon Bloom states bluntly, concluding a chapter less dogmatically entitled "Shakespeare, Center of the Canon".
The Jewish and Irish domination of the later part of a Western canon tailored to encompass this priest's own racial and cultural descent is evidence that there is more to the argument that cultural choice is socially or racially conditioned than Harold Bloom imagines.
The canon is a subtle interplay of the subjective and the objectively cultural.
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 Western canon Article, Westerncanon Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The Western canon is a canon of books and art, and specifically a set with very loose boundaries of booksand other art that, have allegedly been highly influential in shaping Western culture.
Authors such as Yale Professor of Humanities Harold Bloom have also spoken strongly in favor of the canon, and in general thecanon remains as a represented idea in most institutions, though its implications continue to be debated heavily.
Works which are commonly included in the canon include works of fiction such as epic poems, poetry, music, drama, novels, and other assorted forms of literature from the many,diverse Western (and more recently non-Western) cultures.
www.anoca.org /books/literature/western_canon.html   (446 words)

  
 Paul A. (Paul Arthur) Cantor - The Uncanonical Dante: The Divine Comedy and Islamic Philosophy - Philosophy and ...
A canonical work may merely be a work that has been accepted into the literary canon, one that has become a touchstone in the reading and teaching of literature.
One of the principal charges against the Western canon is that it is Eurocentric, that it remains confined within a narrow orbit of European ideas and beliefs, thus excluding all other views of the world.
Authors may be canonical in the sense of being essential to the understanding of our culture without being canonical in the sense of being orthodox proponents of something monolithically designated as the Western tradition.
www.muslimphilosophy.com /ip/tud.htm   (6076 words)

  
 Western canon
The Western canon is a canon of books and art, and specifically a set with very loose boundaries of books and other art that, have allegedly been highly influential in shaping Western culture.
Even when ignoring the political issues, the selection of the canons betray either a bias against or ignorance of not only non-Western traditions, but even not very well publicized aspects of the varied Western literary heritage.
One of the main objections to a canon of literature is the question of authority— who should enjoy the power to determine what works are worth reading and teaching?
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/western_canon   (488 words)

  
 Change in Nineteenth-Century FRENCH CULTURE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
By “canonical” (for the nineteenth century), I mean those books widely accepted from the end of the nineteenth century to today as “authoritative,” those that have been included in literary histories and anthologies from Lanson to Lagarde et Michard.
Whether we believe in the utility of canons or not, we should think long and hard about our students today, their linguistic competency, and what we expect them to learn in the short time they are with us.
Bloom was correct in insisting that the Canon is not closed, especially for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; it is in a constant state of evaluation and redefinition.
www.coh.arizona.edu /french/ncfs/emery.html   (3116 words)

  
 Media Guide: The Big Book: Reading and writing in 'Western'by Zsolt Farkas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
One of those authors, J. Hillis Miller, has even said: "I believe in the established canon of English and American literature and in the validity of the concept of privileged texts." Certainly D'Souza could also cite from a text written by someone who calls himself or herself a deconstructionist, which is clearly against any canon.
It seems his Western perspective comes from a place in the West where one can see what is more truly Western than in Hungary (a nation whose literature, we have concluded, belongs to the West).
I don't think it is. But I would be very careful with the use of such generalizations as "Western." If in "the" Western canon, under the heading "Chaotic Age," the number of works written in non-English languages is 364, then a French critic certainly wouldn't have included 478 English-language ones, as Bloom does.
www.mediaguide.hu /book/bookID40.html   (1867 words)

  
 Musical Identities, the Western Canon and Speech about Music in Twentieth-Century Mexico
The challenge for the historian and teacher of 20th-century music is to sort out not only hegemonic and peripheral values and ideals and their corresponding canons but to sort out discourses as well, and here of course I am talking about the books, textbooks and writen documents in general, that help us do our teaching.
Finally, however, let’s not forget that the primitive, the barbaric, the non-European Other was, in turn, being constructed in Western culture as the new and the modern in the years in which Chávez was writing his nationalist music.
Some conclusions: integrating Hispanic music into the Western curriculum means integrating the music of peripheral cultures into the discourse of hegemonic cultures and we need to address it as such.
www.dartmouth.edu /~hispanic/saavedra1.html   (2620 words)

  
 Mimetic Polemicism: Girard and Bloom
The anxiety of influence is the form of mimetic desire to which writers are particularly prone, since they are necessarily led by their craft to the existential bases of their compulsion to create.
Enthralled by the siren song of newness, today's "lemminglike" (Western Canon 18) academicians hurl themselves from the cliffs in a desperate attempt to evade the guilt that inheres in what Bloom sees as the underlying purpose of Western literature: the expression of an "achieved individuality" (Western Canon 24).
To attain the greatest degree of the scientific economy and precision Freud ostensibly sought in his work would have required a sacrifice he was, in the end, unable or unwilling to make: the self-satisfaction he derived from having pioneered a "new" understanding of the human.
www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu /AP0201/bloom.htm   (4408 words)

  
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Dante and the Western Canon The distorted notions of invisible things which Dante and his rival Milton have idealized, are merely the mask and the mantle in which these great poets walk through eternity enveloped and disguised.
The word canonical is so loaded with religious connotations that it is difficult to separate the relatively neutral first meaning of the term from the loaded second meaning.
To today’s opponents of the canon, I would thus say: “Instead of rejecting the Western canon, study it carefully, and you will find that it is not exclusively Western after all.
www.muslimphilosophy.com /ip/ud.doc   (5747 words)

  
 Harold Bloom: The Embattled Canon and the Experiential Critic
Perhaps the core of The Western Canon is to be found in Bloom's essays on the great essayists, Montaigne, Samuel Johnson and Freud, for all of whom the immediate subject was always an opportunity for reflections on 'general nature', in Johnson's phrase.
The central theme of The Western Canon is the effect of the Shakespearean penumbra on all later writers.
The canon is, then, the history of such engagements, and canonical works are those which succeed in absorbing or evading the influence of their precursors.
www.westernbuddhistreview.com /vol2/embattled_canon.html   (4813 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Books: The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
He defends the western canon very effectively, especially against adding period authors just because of their ethnicity or gender.
Some people believe his book, The Western Canon, verges on the audacious since Bloom dares to list what Western literary works are canonical as well as what ones will be.
While the appendices, with their lists of books, are the section of The Western Canon that provokes the most argument, these take up relatively few of the book's 578 pages.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/1573225142   (1903 words)

  
 Bloom's The Western Canon
Before we substitute politically correct instant masterpieces for the Western Canon, whether in the name of moral rectitude or in the name of political correctness, let’s listen to wise counselors like Harold Bloom.
In The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages, Bloom says, “We are destroying all intellectual and aesthetic standards in the humanities and social sciences, in the name of social justice.
We are not shocked when he asserts that the great writers of the Western Canon are subversive of all values, for Bloom believes in and demonstrates the singular virtue of great literature.
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