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“Agon” is the latest installment in Harold Bloom’s elaborate theory of poetic creation as a desperate wrestling with forebears, inaugurated in. In the culmination of a series that began with “The Anxiety of Influence” and “A Map of Misreading,” Harold Bloom expands upon his controversial theory of. Agon: Toward a Theory of New Revisionism A pivotal work of transition between Bloom’s poetic theory and his later religious criticism, this book broadens.

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Harold Bloom should not be confused with American philosopher Allan Bloom. New and Selected Criticism.

Rod rated it really liked it Mar 01, The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, and Resurrection. Michael Hemingwayhero rated it really liked it Jul 21, Ashlin marked it as to-read Feb 03, Want to Read saving…. This is reflected in the emphasis given to those poets and their struggle with the influence of John MiltonRobert Browning, and Edmund Spenser. Some elements of religious criticism were combined with his secular criticism in Where Shall Wisdom Be Foundand a more complete return to religious criticism was marked by the publication of Jesus and Yahweh: Bloom began a book under the working title of Living Labyrinthcentering on Shakespeare and Whitman, which was published in as The Anatomy of Influence: Shawn Tickle marked it as to-read May 19, Sachin rated it liked it Jun 26, Donna added it Feb 23, Jamey rated it really liked it Jan 09, Retrieved October 19, By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Harokd Policy and Terms of Service.

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From this theoretical perspective, Bloom re-examines Freud, religious sources of literature, literary modes such as fantasy, and the sequence of American writers that includes Emerson, Whitman, Wallace Stevens, Hart Crane, and John Ashbery. In The Anxiety of Influence and other early books, Bloom claimed that influence was particularly bkoom for post- enlightenment poets.

Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism

Retrieved June 25, Refresh and try again. The second edition, published inadds a long preface that mostly expounds on Shakespeare’s debt to Ovid lboom Chaucerand his agon with his contemporary Christopher Marlowewho set the stage for him by breaking free of ecclesiastical and moralizing overtones.

From this theoretical perspective, Bloom re-examines Freud, religious sources of literature, literary modes such as fantasy, and the sequenc In the culmination of a series that began with “The Anxiety of Hqrold and “A Map of Misreading,” Harold Bloom expands upon his controversial theory of revisionism, which he views as a contest of opposing artistic and moral drives.

Lecture 14 — Influence. Retrieved March 27, Yinzadi rated harol really liked it Dec 14, Lists with This Book. It ravished my heart away. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Literary Greatness and the American Sublime. This page was last edited on 28 Augustat The Books and School of the Ages. Studies in Romantic Tradition.

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Yale University Press, Since the publication of his first book inBloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. Later, Bloom said that the speculations didn’t go far enough, and perhaps he should have identified J with the Biblical Bathsheba.

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Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism by Harold Bloom

Eliotwho became a recurring intellectual foil. The Invention of the HumanBloom garold an analysis of each of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, “twenty-four of which are masterpieces. Throughout Shakespearecharacters from disparate plays are imagined alongside and interacting with each other; this has been decried by numerous contemporary academics and critics as hearkening back to the out of fashion character criticism of A.

Figures of Capable Imagination collected odd pieces Bloom had written in the process of composing his ‘influence’ books. Most gripping is his view that “strong” great poets write to overcome the anxiety caused in them by their predecessors. A Map of Misreading picked up where The Anxiety of Influence left off, making several adjustments to Bloom’s system of revisionary ratios.

However, in his Anatomy of Influencehe wrote “I no longer have the patience to read anything by Frye” and nominated Angus Fletcher among his living haarold as his “critical guide and conscience” and elsewhere that year recommended Fletcher’s Colors of the Mind and The Mirror and the Lamp by M.

It was the first in a series of books that advanced a new “revisionary” or antithetical [1] approach to literary criticism.