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Harold Bloom's Shakespeare

"Harold Bloom is one of the most influential and controversial of contemporary Shakespeare critics. These essays examine the sources and impact of Bloom's Shakespearean criticism from a variety of theoretical and political positions. Through focused and sustained study of Bloom as literary icon and of his Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, they address a wide range of issues, from the cultural role of Shakespeare to the ethics of literary theory and criticism. Harold Bloom's Shakespeare brings together well-known Shakespearean critics and younger voices from within the profession. Collectively, the authors of these essays provide a fresh look at literary history and suggest new directions being taken by leading literary theorists. Through the lens of contemporary opinions about the Bard, Harold Bloom's Shakespeare offers a broad understanding of the state of literary studies in our time."--Jacket
Print Book, English, 2002
Palgrave, New York, 2002
xiv, 292 pages ; 22 cm
9780312239558, 9781403969064, 0312239556, 140396906X
pt. 1 Bardolatry/Bardography
Bloom's Shakespeare / Jay L. Halio
Bloom with a view / Terence Hawkes
The case for bardolatry: Harold Bloom rescues Shakespeare from the critics / William W. Kerrigan
Power, pathos, character / Gary Taylor
Inventing us / Hugh Kenner
pt. 2 Reading and writing Shakespearean character
Bloom, bardolatry, and characterolatry / Richard Levin
On the value of being a cartoon, in literature and in life / Sharon O'Dair
Shakespeare: the orientation of the human / Mustapha Fahmi
"The play's the thing": Shakespeare's critique of character (and Harold Bloom) / William R. Morse
On Harold Bloom's nontheatrical praise for Shakespeare's lovers: Much ado about nothing and Antony and Cleopatra / Herbert Weil
pt. 3 Anxieties of influence
Romanticism lost: Bloom and the twilight of literary Shakespeare / Edward Pechter
Look for Mr. Goodbard: Swinburne, resentment criticism, and the invention of Harold Bloom / Robert Sawyer / Shakespeare and the invention of humanism: Bloom on race and ethnicity / James R. Andreas, Sr
Shakespeare in transit: Bloom, Shakespeare, and contemporary women's writing / Caroline Cakebread
pt. 4 Shakespeare as cultural capital
Harold Bloom as Shakespearean pedagogue / Christy Desmet
King Lear in their time: on Bloom and Cavell on Shakespeare / Lawrence F. Rhu
"I am sure this Shakespeare will not do": anti-Semitism and the limits of bardolatry / David M. Schiller
The 2% solution: what Harold Bloom forgot / Linda Charnes