Titled "Criticism and Self-Influence,"focusing on his readings of Whitman in his first lecture and of Shakespeare in his second, these lectures are contributions to Harold Bloom's intellectual biography. They will give a sense of how Harold Bloom reads, what stirs his mind, what he looks for, and what he projects on a text. With so impressive a list of works to his credit, Bloom will assess not only his impact on the world of literary criticism, but also his vision as a man of letters who has taught us how to think about that one subject that will always challenge our ability to think: art. The Ph.D. Program in Comparative Literature is proud to announce the launch of its series Critical Theory Today with two major talks by preeminent literary scholar and critic Harold Bloom. Professor Bloom, who is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, will deliver lectures on two consecutive Mondays, March 19 and March 26."
Harold Bloom is a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and a former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard. His more than thirty books include The Best Poems of the English Language, The Art of Reading Poetry, and The Book of J. He is a MacArthur Prize Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, including the Academy's Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism, the International Prize of Catalonia, and the Alfonso Reyes Prize of Mexico.
Renowned literary critic Harold Bloom discusses Shakespeare’s impact on the English language. He argues that “strangeness” is the key to poetry, and concludes by pondering how some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters contribute to “a strange newness in meaning.”
(baptized April 26, 1564, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Eng.died April 23, 1616, Stratford-upon-Avon) English poet and playwright, often considered the greatest writer in world literature. He spent his early life in Stratford-upon-Avon, receiving at most a grammar-school education, and at age 18 he married a local woman, Anne Hathaway. By 1594 he was apparently a rising playwright in London and an actor in a leading theatre company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later King's Men); the company performed at the Globe Theatre from 1599. The order in which his plays were written and performed is highly uncertain. His earliest plays seem to date from the late 1580s to the mid-1590s and include the comedies Love's Labour's Lost, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night's Dream; history plays based on the lives of the English kings, including Henry VI (parts 1, 2, and 3), Richard III, and Richard II; and the tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The plays apparently written between 1596 and 1600 are mostly comedies, including The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It, and histories, including Henry IV (parts 1 and 2), Henry V, and Julius Caesar. Approximately between 1600 and 1607 he wrote the comedies Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well, and Measure for Measure, as well as the great tragedies Hamlet (probably begun in 1599), Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear, which mark the summit of his art. Among his later works (about 1607 to 1614) are the tragedies Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, and Timon of Athens, as well as the fantastical romances The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. He probably also is responsible for some sections of the plays Edward III and The Two Noble Kinsmen.