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Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
John Porter's review
Jan 25, 2008
Glad it's on my shelf...but depressed about it at the same time. A big hunk of what Bloom is trying pass off as revelatory is more like a response to younger literary critics and their beliefs. (And it's kind of charmingly ironic that Bloom attacks others for their blind devotion to narrow paradigms in a book where he spends a big glob of time psychologically fawning over Falstaff.) It's not really a book about Shakespeare; it's a book about what Harold Bloom wants us to know about Shakespeare and why he thinks we should know it. Which means a lot of the book is really about Harold Bloom; it would be better titled "Harold Bloom's Stentorian Voiceover of Shakespeare (With Added Important Commentary)." But you have to have balls like church bells to even try something so patently self-serving. I'm surprised Stanley Fish didn't get to it first.
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January 25, 2008 – Shelved