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  Presidential Lectures: Harold Bloom: Introduction
Bloom's principal target in this first phase of his career was the conservative formalism of T. Eliot, who had dismissed the Romantics as undisciplined poets of nature.
Bloom rejected this view, displacing the essence of Romantic art from reconciliation with nature to a visionary imagination profoundly antithetical to nature.
By the early 1970s, when Bloom's revolutionary version of Romanticism was itself becoming orthodox, he had already entered the second major phase of his thought, which is centered in the remarkable tetralogy of The Anxiety of Influence (1973), A Map of Misreading (1975), Kabbalah and Criticism, and Poetry and Repression (1976).
prelectur.stanford.edu /lecturers/bloom   (1073 words)

  Harold Bloom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Bloom was a defender of 19th-century Romantic poets at a time when their reputations were at a low ebb, the author of controversial theories of poetic influence, and an advocate of an aesthetic approach to literature against Marxist, New Historicist, Post-modernist, and other methods of academic literary criticism.
Harold Bloom, son of William and Paula Bloom, was born in New York City and lived in the South Bronx at 1410 Grand Concourse.
Bloom further argued that this anonymous writer was a woman attached to the court of the successors of the Israelite kings David and Solomon — a piece of speculation which drew much attention.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Harold_Bloom   (3592 words)

 Literary Encyclopedia: Harold Bloom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Harold Bloom, son of William Bloom and Paula Levi, was born into a working-class Jewish family in New York, his father making a living as a garment worker.
This anxiety, Bloom argues, is not simply a matter of admiration and awe in the face of the achievements of the past, but is central to the creation and the meaning of modern poetry, since, as he goes on to argue, poetry itself is intertextual.
Bloom's vision of poetry (and indeed all literature) is thus highly competitive and many have asserted highly patriarchal in its insistence on male models of conflict and aggression.
www.literaryencyclopedia.com /php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=450   (1212 words)

 The Salt Companion to Harold Bloom
Ranging across Bloom’s numerous critical works on poetry, literature, canon-formation, Biblical interpretation and literary theory, these essays are a timely reminder of the profound influence that Harold Bloom’s work has had on a whole range of intellectual and literary disciplines.
While it may be true that Bloom’s work is difficult to adopt as a methodology, and that it presents itself as a kind of literature, its unrepeatability does not, on its own, explain the lack of academic dialogue to which De Bolla refers.
Bloom’s critical desire to honour literature, and the passion with which he pursues it, has won him a readership on a scale unimaginable to other critics, and those who have followed and cared about his work can only rejoice at such a situation in all its irony.
www.saltpublishing.com /books/scp/9781876857202.htm   (2977 words)

 Critical Theory: Harold Bloom
Bloom's theories of poetic misprision and anxiety have changed how critics think about literary tradition.
In The Book of J (1990), Bloom identifies the author of the J-text, the oldest strand of narrative in Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers, as a woman.
Bloom's latest pronouncements on religion are contained in The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation (1992) and Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, and Resurrection (1996).
www.bedfordstmartins.com /litlinks/critical/bloom.htm   (226 words)

 Harold Bloom Interprets "Hamlet" for LC Audience - John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University.
Bloom said he wrote this book to fill a gap he left in "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human" (1998), in which he argued that "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" is "a secular scripture from which we derive much of our language, our psychology and our mythology."
Bloom dismissed the notion that Hamlet, goaded by his father's ghost, was motivated by revenge to kill his uncle Claudius, who had ascended the throne and married the queen, Gertrude, Hamlet's mother.
www.loc.gov /loc/kluge/gaz-bloom.html   (891 words)

 Case of Harold Bloom - Humanities and English Professor at Yale
Bloom, a spokeswoman for New York magazine, Serena Torrey, said, "I can't comment on the content of a story that's not closed." She described the story as "a broader examination of the way that Yale and institutions of higher learning handle incidents of sexual misconduct and harassment." After being contacted about the controversy, Ms.
Harold Bloom, now 73, is among the most renowned academics in the world, a revered interpreter of Shakespeare, and a man of dazzling intellect.
Bloom's neglect of his academic duties (he failed to meet with her for the rest of the semester and then gave her a B) is itself troubling, and his come-on isn't pretty.
www.theawarenesscenter.org /haroldbloom.html   (16760 words)

 AllRefer.com - Harold Bloom (American Literature, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Harold Bloom 1930–;, American literary critic and scholar, b.
Bloom has also written studies of many individual authors, e.g., Shelley (1959), Blake (1963), Yeats (1970), Wallace Stevens (1977), and Shakespeare (1998).
His wide-ranging literary concerns are represented in The Western Canon (1994), in which Bloom analyzes the works of 26 great masters; in How to Read and Why (2000), in which he presents a manual for literary enjoyment and enlightenment; and in Genius (2002), in which he explores the accomplishments of 100 great writers.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/B/BloomHar.html   (303 words)

 Song of himself: Harold Bloom on God by Marc M. Arkin
Ignoring such inconveniences, Bloom explains that “male nature being polygamous, the restoration of all things demanded a sanctification of polygamy, rather than an abolishment of a nature that could not be corrected.” Deadpan, Bloom opines that Smith’s putative eighty-four “marriages” in the three years before his murder testify to the “high seriousness” of Smith’s quest.
Despite this affinity, Bloom is repelled by Eddy, partly because of her numerous personal foibles but also because of what he perceives as her horror at the idea of an anthropomorphic God and her rejection of the sacral role of sexuality.
Bloom’s attempt to salvage his view of American Religion by depicting the moderates and the Fundamentalists as modes of the same “deepest subjectivity” is simply unconvincing.
www.newcriterion.com /archive/10/may92/arkin.htm   (2481 words)

 Salon Ivory Tower | A tale of two Blooms
For the record: Harold Bloom was the first person to fully understand and encourage my vast project for "Sexual Personae," which as a dissertation drew on materials (notably about Shakespeare's treatment of sex roles) that I had been developing since my undergraduate years at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Bloom had not yet published "The Anxiety of Influence" (1973), which made him the leading literary critic in the world, but he had already achieved fame for his books on English and Irish poetry, which revolutionized Romantic studies.
Bloom and I shared a respect for Freud, a love of great art, a drive for omnivorous learning, an instinct for epic sweep, a contempt for conformist careerism and dainty institutional etiquette and an unembarrassed openness to strong emotion and intellectual risk-taking.
archive.salon.com /it/col/pagl/1998/11/18pagl.html   (987 words)

 Boston.com / News / Local / Accusation trails revered Yale scholar
Bloom, who has kept publicly silent since Wolf's story was published, declined to comment for this article.
Since details of her story on Bloom and Yale were published in advance in the New York Observer last week, her article has drawn attacks from several commentators.
As for Bloom, he is teaching two classes this semester, including a course on Shakespeare, ``Tragedies and Romances.'' So far, students have stood by their professor, while at the same time being careful not to downplay the severity of Wolf's accusations.
www.boston.com /news/local/articles/2004/02/28/accusation_trails_revered_yale_scholar   (1110 words)

 Steve Almond on Harold Bloom on Stephen King
Bloom's basic point is that the National Book Foundation made an egregious error in bestowing its annual award for "distinguished contribution" to Stephen King.
Bloom seems physically pained (in the manner of gastric distress, one imagines) at the thought that authors such as Saul Bellow and Phillip Roth should now have to share this distinction with a witless hack like King.
Bloom is a brilliant mind, and a true believer in the redemptive capacities of literature.
www.mobylives.com /Almond_Bloom.html   (1181 words)

 neo-neocon: Harold Bloom, super-literate, vs. and George Bush, semi-literate
Harold Bloom reminds me why I normally have such disrespect for the soft science Ph.D. Thank God, we Americans are somewhat “anti-intellectual” and take folks like Bloom with a huge grain of salt.
Bloom is a conservative academician (not to be confused with a political conservative).
Harold Bloom has done a great deal in the world of books and I have read many of his tomes with pleasure ; however, he should stick to literature which he knows as opposed to commentary on politics which is a slippery slope for him!
neo-neocon.blogspot.com /2005/12/harold-bloom-super-literate-vs-and.html   (5960 words)

 Barnes & Noble.com - Harold Bloom - Books: Meet the Writers
Bloom construed the Romantic poets' visions of immortality as rebellions against nature, and argued that an essentially Romantic imagination was still at work in the best modernist poets.
Bloom placed Shakespeare along with Dante at the center of the Western canon, and he made another defense of Shakespeare's centrality with Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, an illuminating study of Shakespeare's plays.
Bloom is married to Jeanne, a retired school psychologist whom he met while a junior faculty member at Yale in the 1950s.
www.barnesandnoble.com /writers/writerdetails.asp?userid=2XFUB4WRVV&cid=881671   (2628 words)

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 God and Jesus as literary characters / Yahweh was an irascible fellow till the Christians got hold of him, Bloom says
Bloom's deep engagement with the work of scholars such as Jaroslav Pelikan, Jacob Neusner and Jack Miles makes much of the text read as a monologue addressed to a narrow range of specialists.
Bloom's belief in their lasting grip on us recalls Kierkegaard's assertion that "an unconscious relationship is more powerful than a conscious one." Judging from his analysis of the subtle relationships at the fractured core of Western religion, believers and nonbelievers alike have much to worry about.
Religion in America, in Bloom's view, is "the people's poetry, both good and bad." There is ample cause for pessimism in the way he has interpreted the line and verse here.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/11/06/RVGETFHSVP1.DTL&type=printable   (849 words)

Shedding all polemic, Bloom addresses the solitary reader, who, he urges, should read for the purest of all reasons: to discover and augment the self.
Bloom not only provides illuminating guidance on how to read a text but also illustrates what such reading can bring—aesthetic pleasure, increased individuality and self-knowledge, and the lifetime companionship of the most intriguing and complex literary characters.
Bloom's engaging prose and brilliant insights will send you hurrying back to old favorites and entice you to discover new ones.
booknotes.org /Program/?ProgramID=1580   (335 words)

 The Washington Monthly
Harold Bloom is a tepid standin for William Bennett.
Bloom is famously crotchety and skeptical of change and the dumbing-down going on through all levels of education.
Bloom includes Jane Austen in Genius for, IIRC, her astute & delicate observations on character, yet she unashamedly read novels (from lending libraries, no less!), which was somewhat middle- to lowbrow in her day, and mocked Fordyce as much as she did Gothic novels.
www.washingtonmonthly.com /archives/individual/2004_07/004289.php   (13580 words)

 Harold Bloom: The Embattled Canon and the Experiential Critic
Harold Bloom is not a polemicist; his method is simply to open a door on his own engagement with the literary tradition.
Bloom has never wasted time writing about things he did not value, but it is most curious that towards the end of a prolific career, he should reveal himself to be so ardent a Shakespearean.
Bloom's avowed critical aim is to achieve a form of Criticism which is also a form of Gnosis; and after a week of reading The Western Canon, I felt possessed by his cadences, so magisterial and so sad, and the landscape which he reveals had entered my dreams.
www.westernbuddhistreview.com /vol2/embattled_canon.html   (4813 words)

 Harold Bloom, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Bloom notes that Macbeth is one of his favorites, declaring the title thane to be a character who is endowed with a fully human and grandiose imagination, who is in the end overwhelmed by it.
Bloom is to be commended for not doing so, pointing out that Faulconbridge is a breakthrough in Shakespeare's writing, the first truly human character in the canon.
Bloom prefers a theory of Peter Alexander's that the Ur-Hamlet was one of Shakespeare's first plays, a major failure, that he later revised into the masterpiece the world knows.
www.greenmanreview.com /shakespeare.html   (1661 words)

 Western canon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the USA, in particular, it has been attacked as a compendium of books written mainly by "dead white European males", that thus do not represent the viewpoints of many others in contemporary societies around the world.
Authors such as Yale Professor of Humanities Harold Bloom (no relation) 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.
Defenders maintain that those who undermine the canon do so out of primarily political interests, and that the measure of quality represented by the works of the canon is of an aesthetic rather than political nature.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Western_canon   (518 words)

 Sam Schulman
In New York magazine she reveals that one evening after a dinner party, when she was a Yale undergraduate, Professor Harold Bloom of Yale placed his 'heavy, boneless hand hot' on her thigh.
Bloom took his bottle, proclaimed his innocence — or so I take it — by saying 'You are a deeply troubled girl', and left.
As for Naomi Wolf, she says that in 1983 Harold Bloom was one of Yale's most illustrious professors.
www.jewishworldreview.com /sam/schulman1.asp   (706 words)

 ipedia.com: Harold Bloom Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Harold Bloom is an American literary critic, best known as an opponent of Marxist, New Historicist, Post-Colonial, Feminist and Multi-Cultural trends in academic literary criticism.
Harold Bloom (born July 11, 1930) is an American literary critic, best known as an opponent of Marxist, New Historicist, Post-Colonial, Feminist and Multi-Cultural trends in academic literary criticism.
Bloom's association with the Western canon has provoked a substantial amount of interest in his opinion concerning the relative importance of contemporary writers.
www.ipedia.com /harold_bloom.html   (2332 words)

 Amazon.com: Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human: Books: Harold Bloom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Bloom ranges through the Bard's plays in the probable order of their composition, relating play to play and character to character, maintaining all the while a shrewd grasp of Shakespeare's own burgeoning sensibility.
The ratio of screed to reading is blessedly low; although Bloom has kept his common touch, one feels that he has ceased the play to the peanut gallery that made The Western Canon a cause c?l?bre.
For the latter, Bloom is an ideal cicerone: a passionate, sensitive reader who tempers his irreverent common sense with an even-more-instructive stance of awe.
www.amazon.com /Shakespeare-Invention-Human-Harold-Bloom/dp/157322751X   (1105 words)

 CNN.com - The guy who couldn't make up his mind - May. 8, 2003
Five years ago, in his book "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human," Harold Bloom explored the authorship of the Hamlet saga in a text he referred to as the "Ur-Hamlet." The idea was to trace the genesis of the play and deal with the questions of Shakespeare's authorship, a hotly debated issue among some scholars.
But the meat of Bloom's work is in its discussion of the central character, an endless source of interpretation for 400 years of actors and scholars.
Bloom analyzes Hamlet -- and "Hamlet" -- with segments briefly laid out following particular lines of the play (for those who are interested, Bloom used the current Arden edition of "Hamlet").
edition.cnn.com /2003/SHOWBIZ/books/05/07/bloom.hamlet   (844 words)

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