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Harold Bloom, I love you

A wonderful interview with him over on Huffington Post:

"In my view, all these ideologies have destroyed literary study in the graduate schools and in the academies...All these "isms" are preposterous of course; they have nothing to do with the study of literature or with its originality. As I've said before, the esthetic is an individual and not a social concern..." Read the rest ==>

He says the influence of Derrida and Foucault has been "pernicious," heh heh. Such a great word. But what do you suppose grad students would be talking about today if those two hadn't come along? Bloom also recommends reading aloud as a way to "get inside" a writer, which I totally agree with. I've always loved reading aloud; my mom read to me and my brother until I was twelve or thirteen. When the final Harry Potter book came out, neither Mr Psmith nor I could wait for the other person to read it first, so we read it aloud in turns -- I think it took us three days but it was wonderful. There's something really special and different about reading aloud: you can taste the words, roll them around in your mouth, listen as they fall onto your ears. It adds a delightfully physical component to what is otherwise a purely mental activity.

I am insanely jealous of those lucky few who get to attend the small seminars Bloom says he teaches at his home. Oh, what I wouldn't give!!

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nocturnus33
Jun. 12th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
French and englishmen never get along. Do they? [It's 1:00 AM so I will read Bloom's interview tomorrow with a fresh brain]

I agree with you about reading aloud. Even now, that my kids are teens I read them. when we travel long distances by care, I'm in charge of reading to the family.



Edited at 2015-06-12 11:38 pm (UTC)
haruhi_fan
Jun. 17th, 2015 07:32 am (UTC)
Cool, I'd love to teach from home too-makes for simple trips to focus more on the material to teach.
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