Harold bloom, who will turn 81 this july, has been one of america's most fascinating literary critics for nearly half a century in his newest book, the anatomy of influence: literature as a way of life, bloom revisits the ideas that made him a star -- and explains, in a straightforward way, why he's spent his.
And in many quarters of academia, mention of the name of yale literary critic harold bloom provoked, at the very least, a raised eyebrow and pointed silence bloom's reputation perhaps unfairly fell victim to the so-called “canon wars,” likely at times because of a misidentification with political philosopher.
In recent years, no literary theorist has been more popularized than harold bloom has while some applaud his efforts, others are cautious about his overtly popular appeal one must ask why, in this era of buzzwords such as diversity awareness and multiculturalism, a man preaching a traditional, western literary canon.
Harold bloom, sterling professor of the humanities and english at yale, is famous as a champion of the literary canon, that compendium of the greatest literature of all time more and more, the canon has been challenged by educators who feel that it fails to reflect the diversity of the american classroom. Harold bloom explores our western literary tradition by concentrating on the works of twenty-six authors central to the canon he argues against ideology in literary criticism he laments the loss of intellectual and aesthetic standards he deplores multiculturalism, marxism, feminism, neoconservatism,.
This week, pankaj mishra and daniel mendelsohn discuss how a book like harold bloom's “western canon,” published 20 years ago, would be received today by pankaj mishra bloom's complaints about the “balkanization of literary studies” by the “academic rabble” make a book like his seem very quaint.