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The saving lie : Harold Bloom and deconstruction /
Agata Bielik-Robson.
imprint
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, c2011.
description
x, 403 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0810127288 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780810127289 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, c2011.
isbn
0810127288 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780810127289 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7649278
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 375-387) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Agata Bielik-Robson is a professor of Jewish studies at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and a professor of postsecular philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
Hailed as our era's most profound theorist of literary influence, Harold Bloom's own influence on the landscape of literary criticism has been decisive. His wide-ranging 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 unprecedented full-length 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 highly original and compelling readings, Bielik-Robson offers a much-needed reevaluation of a deeply complex and controversial figure. This pioneering study of Bloom and his contributions will not soon be surpassed. --Book Jacket.
Main Description
Hailed as our era's most profound theorist of literary influence, Harold Bloom's own influence on the landscape of literary criticism has been decisive. His wide-ranging 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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Abbreviations of Harold Bloom's Worksp. ix
Introduction: Life as an Argument: Harold Bloom's Antithetical Vitalismp. 3
The Antithetical Quester
Life in Agon: From Romanticism to Deconstruction and Beyondp. 33
Literary Lie and Philosophical Truth: Tarrying with the Deconstructionp. 75
Agon with the Deadly Angels
Life and Death in Deconstruction: From Hegel to de Manp. 109
The Davharocentric Subject, or Narcissism Reconsidered: Bloom Versus Derridap. 189
Wrestling Harold
Intricate Evasions, or the Poetic Will-to-Ignorancep. 231
Fair Crossings: From Mere Life to More Lifep. 259
Tainted Love: A Psycho-Kabbalistic Reading of the Poetic Scene of Instructionp. 291
Notesp. 319
Bibliographyp. 375
Indexp. 389
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