Bloom's Literary Themes: The Grotesque

Bloom's Literary Themes: The Grotesque

by Harold Bloom
     
 

The great literary themes reappear continually throughout the world's literature. Bloom's Literary Themes is a new series that examines these themes as they function in classic literary works, from the Bible to the novels of Toni Morrison and Philip Roth. See more details below

Overview

The great literary themes reappear continually throughout the world's literature. Bloom's Literary Themes is a new series that examines these themes as they function in classic literary works, from the Bible to the novels of Toni Morrison and Philip Roth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791098028
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
Bloom's Literary Themes Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
1,464,481
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom¿s books ¿ about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature ¿ are as erudite as they are accessible.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
July 11, 1930
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

Table of Contents

Series Introduction by Harold Bloom: Themes and Metaphors xi

Volume Introduction by Harold Bloom xv

The American and European Grotesque 1

"Notes on the Grotesque: Anderson, Brecht, and Williams" James Schevill

As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner) 13

"'Great God, What They Got in That Wagon?': Grotesque Intrusions in As I Lay Dying" Michael Gillum

The Bacchae (Euripides) 23

"The Bacchae" Siegfried Melchinger (Trans. Samuel R. Rosenbaum), in Euripides (1973) 23

The Birds (Aristophanes) 33

"Empire and the Grotesque in Aristophanes' The Birds" Khalil M. Habib

Candide (Voltaire) 41

"Optimism" by Voltaire (Trans. William F. Fleming), in Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary, Vol. IV (1910)

Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes) 49

"Heine on Cervantes and the Don Quixote" Heinrich Heine

Edgar Allan Poe's Short Stories (Edgar Allan Poe) 57

"The Grotesque in the Age of Romanticism: Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque" Wolfgang Kayser (Trans. Ulrich Weisstein)

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) 65

"Elements of the Grotesque Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" Robert C. Evans

"Good Country People" (Flannery O'Connor) 75

"A Sharp Eye for the Grotesque Flannery O'Connor's 'Good Country People'" Robert C. Evans

Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift) 87

"The Political Significance of Gulliver's Travels" C.H. Firth

Henry IV, Part 1 (William Shakespeare) 97

"The Grotesque Henry IV, Part 1" John Kerr

Inferno (Dante Alighieri) 109

"Grotesque Renaissance" John Ruskin

King Lear (William Shakespeare) 115

"King Lear and the Comedy of the Grotesque" G. Wilson Knight

The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka) 135

"Aspects of the Grotesque Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis"Robert C. Evans

Miss Lonelyhearts (Nathanael West) 145

"Carnival Virtues: Sex, Sacrilege, and the Grotesque in Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts," Blake G. Hobby Zachary DeBoer

The Mysterious Stranger (Mark Twain) 155

"Grotesque Bodies Twain's The Mysterious Stranger" Matthew J. Bolton

"The Overcoat" (Nikolai Gogol) 167

"Reading Gogol's Grotesque 'Overcoat'" James N. Roney

"Revelation" (Flannery O'Connor) 177

"The Grotesque Protagonist" Gilbert H. Muller

Six Characters in Search of an Author (Luigi Pirandello) 189

"Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author and the Grotesque" J. R. Holt

Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson) 199

"The Book of the Grotesque" Irving Howe

Acknowledgments 209

Index 211

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