RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 630480212 LA English T1 The saving lie : Harold Bloom and deconstruction A1 Bielik-Robson, Agata., PB Northwestern University Press PP Evanston, Ill. YR 2011 SN 9780810127289 0810127288 9780810127869 0810127865 AB Harold Bloom's own influence on the landscape of literary criticism has been decisive. His critical writings have plumbed the depths of Romanticism, explored the anxiety caused by the influence of one generation of poets on another, wrestled with the idea of a literary canon, and examined the relationship between religion and literature. In this study on Harold Bloom, Agata Bielik-Robson explores the many facets of Bloom's critical writings and career. In his work, she argues, Bloom draws on a variety of disparate traditions-Judaism, Gnosis, romanticism, American pragmatism, and Freudianism, but also, especially recently, Victorian Aestheticism-that constitute a dialectical, difficult whole in constant quarrel with itself. The Saving Lie brings all these aspects of Bloom's thought together, revealing the organizing thread of "antithetical vitalism" that animates his work. Tracing the development of Bloom's vision of "life-in-antithesis" through a series of readings, Bielik-Robson offers a reevaluation of a deeply complex and controversial figure.--Book Jacket.