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On Bloom and Cavell on Shakespeare

Lawrence F. Rhu

in Stanley Cavell's American Dream

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225965
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225965.003.0003
On Bloom and Cavell on Shakespeare

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Distinguished humanists like Harold Bloom and Stanley Cavell have established their considerable reputations in their own fields other than Shakespeare studies and both of them also subsequently published significant books on Shakespearean drama. Bloom provides a telling comparison to assess the role of Shakespeare in Cavell's philosophy and the availability of that philosophy in Cavell's Shakespeare criticism. On the other hand, Cavell considers the accomplishments of our popular culture like Hollywood movies to be of comparable stature with Shakespeare's plays. This chapter seeks to elaborate the shared aspects of Bloom and Cavell's works and careers, their Jewish origins, and their Emersonian predisposition as an introduction to their contrasting approach to Shakespeare. Being both of them writers, they entertained the highest ambitions for their work as artful prose, and even as poetry.

Keywords: Shakespeare; Shakespearean drama; philosophy; Hollywood movies; writers; prose; poetry

Chapter.  9734 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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