[ilds] Outfoxing

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Thu May 8 10:29:11 PDT 2008


I would have liked to see Bloom outfox Greenblatt.  Both are foxes, although Bloom also resembles a hedgehog.


Bruce

-----Original Message-----
>From: slighcl <slighcl at wfu.edu>
>Sent: May 6, 2008 6:55 AM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] Readings
>
>On 5/6/2008 9:41 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>
>> Another way to look at the problem is to ask, is Bloom with his pen the equivalent of Heifetz with his violin?  I don't know, but, sadly, I think not.  
>Oscar Wilde set the terms for us and for Harold Bloom, as Bloom himself 
>would acknowledge.  The strong critic takes up the text of a literary 
>work like an actor taking up a script.  Knowledge.  Attention.  
>Innovation.  Every work of art the starting point for another work of 
>art.  Cf. Wilde's "The Critic as Artist." 
>
>Bloom is a very knowing performer in the full sense of Wilde's terms. 
>Some years ago I once sat and watched Bloom read a chapter on Lear from 
>the at-the-time unpublished /Shakespeare /book.  Six pages into the 
>reading, Bloom turned the page of his script, looked down and grimaced 
>in that Dr. Johnson/Zero Mostel way he has, and then plucked up the 
>offending page, crumpled it into a small ball of paper, and tossed it 
>over his shoulder. 
>
>The critic as artist and editor, I suppose.
>
>Bill has a fine story about the time when Bloom outfoxed Greenblatt. 
>
>Sing, Bill, you man of many turns.
>
>Charles



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