Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism

Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism

by William Golding, Harold Bloom
     
 

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,…  See more details below

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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 sequence of American writers that includes Emerson, Whitman, Wallace Stevens, Hart Crane, and John Ashbery. A 1982 National Book Critics Circle nominee.

Editorial Reviews

Robert Alter
''Agon'' does not depart significantly from the doctrine of the earlier books, but in several respects it makes clearer the character and purpose of Bloom's project and in particular what it might mean for him to be a man who ''begins to see everything''.... The essays of ''Agon'' shuttle among the major figures of what is obviously conceived of as an American canon. It begins with Emerson, runs through Whitman to Hart Crane and Wallace Stevens, and, latterly, to John Ashbery....The new volume, it would seem, is a collection of literary and cultural essays written for different occasions, but just as the half-dozen books Mr.Bloom has published over the past nine years are really chapters in one long book (the end of which is not yet in sight), these sundry pieces make one tightly clenched argument, for the author is committed to pursuing the manifestations of a single master idea in whatever he touches. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195033540
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1983
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)

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