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Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism

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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 revisionism, which he views as a contest of opposing artistic and moral drives. From this theoretical perspective, Bloom re-examines Freud, religious sources of literature, literary modes such as fantasy, and the sequenc ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 28th 1983 by Galaxy Books/Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1982)
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Recommends it for: Fans of literary criticism
Challenging, and usually persuasive. Rereads Freud as a literary critic. Most gripping is his view that "strong" (great) poets write to overcome the anxiety caused in them by their predecessors. The make the canon requires dealing with prior writers to make a new voice. Some writers succeed and some fail. Book also has some extended critical analysis of writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Wallace Stevens, Hart Crane, John Ashby, and John Hollander, ed..

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Bloom is a literary critic, and currently a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. Since the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. He has edited hundreds of anthologies.
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