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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.
Transformation in the form of rebirth and renewal has long been a central theme in literature. This volume contains 20 essays that explore the role of rebirth and renewal in such works as Crime and Punishment, Heart of Darkness, The Tempest, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and many others. Some essays have been written specifically for the series; others are excerpts of important critical analyses from selected books and journals.
About the Author
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 Harold Bloom xv
The Aeneid, "Book 6" (Virgil) "Introduction: The Sixth Book of the Aeneid" H.E. Butler, in The Sixth Book of the Aeneid (1920) 1
The Awakening (Kate Chopin) "Renewal and Rebirth in Kate Chopin's The Awakening" Robert C. Evans 13
Beloved (Toni Morrison) "Renewal and Rebirth in Toni Morrison's Beloved" Blake G. Hobby 25
Beowulf "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics" J.R.R. Tolkien (1936) 35
Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer) "The Opening of Chaucer's General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales: A Diptych" Colin Wilcockson, in Review of English Studies (1999) 51
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky) "Crime and Myth: The Archetypal Pattern of Rebirth in Three Novels of Dostoevsky" Alexandra F. Rudicina, in PMLA (1972) 61
Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri) "To Can Grande della Scala" Dante Alighieri, in Dantis Alagherii Epistolae: The Letters of Dante (1920) 69
Doctor Faustus (Christopher Marlowe) "The Damnation of Faustus" J.P. Brockbank, in Marlowe: Dr. Faustus (1962) 83
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) "'Boats Against the Current': Mortality and the Myth of Renewal in The Great Gatsby" Jeffrey Steinbrink, in Twentieth Century Literature (1980) 95
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad) "The Journey Within" Albert J. Guerard, in Conrad the Novelist (1958) 109
The Holy Sonnets (John Donne) "Renewal and Rebirth in John Donne's The Holy Sonnets" Gary Ettari 125
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou) "Death, Rebirth, and Renewal in Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Robert C. Evans 135
King Lear (WilliamShakespeare) "Rebirth and Renewal in Shakespeare's King Lear" Gary Ettari 145
"Little Gidding" from Four Quartets (Thomas Stearns Eliot) "the Later Quartets" Staffan Bergsten, in Time and Eternity: A Study in the Structure and Symbolism of T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets (1960) 153
The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka) "Realism and Unrealism: Kafka's 'Metamorphosis'" Norman N. Holland, in Modern Fiction Studies (1958) 169
Orlando (Virginia Woolf) "Renewal, Rebirth, and Change in Virginia Woolf's Orlando" Lorena Russell 181
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne) "Hester's Bewitched Triangle: Within the Spell of the 'A'" Blake G. Hobby 191
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens) "'Recalled to Life': Sacrifice and Renewal in A Tale of Two Cities" Arthur Rankin 201
The Tempest (William Shakespeare) From Shakespeare's Mystery Play: A Study of "The Tempest" Colin Still (1921) 211
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston) "Resistance, Rebirth, and Renewal in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God" Deborah James 229