Tag Archives: Harold Bloom

Did Homer suffer from Hamlet-like self-consciousness? Garry Wills thinks so.

In the New York Review of Books, Garry Wills takes a hard whack at a notion Harold Bloom has long promoted and that seems to show up across a lot of disciplines (and most recently, in a book co-authored by a Harvard philosopher): literate … Continue reading

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Laura Miller Reviews Rebecca Goldstein’s anti-Harold Bloom Novel “36 Arguments for the Existence of God”

In Rebecca Goldstein’s recently released novel, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, Yale’s famous literary behemoth, Harold Bloom, apparently takes some bruising hits. Here’s Laura Miller on this aspect of the novel: Obsessed with “genius” (and his own supreme authority in the … Continue reading

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Is the Bible Literature in the Way That, Say, Joyce’s “Araby” is Literature?

Like any piece of difficult literature, the Bible must be WORKED WITH and deciphered to be appreciated. Superficially, the Bible seems rather unliterary in many places, and a quick reading of a story or poem may leave one shrugging. But prominent literary … Continue reading

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To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before: Gilgamesh’s Inner Call to Create and Move

Toward the beginning of Part 2 of the Gilgamesh Epic, Gilgamesh desires to go away from his Mesopotamian city of Uruk, to the far-off forested “Land of Cedars,” guarded by the fierce dragon Humbaba. This going out to the Land of Cedars … Continue reading

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