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Venerable literary critic Bloom (humanities, Yale U.) surveys drama in ancient Greece and in the English language since the Renaissance, noting that drama is a peculiar form of literature because it is contaminated by performance. He covers plays by the four major Athenians, and nearly a third of the volume is devoted to Shakespeare. He also includes some plays that are no Venerable literary critic Bloom (humanities, Yale U.) surveys drama in ancient Greece and in the English language since the Renaissance, noting that drama is a peculiar form of literature because it is contaminated by performance. He covers plays by the four major Athenians, and nearly a third of the volume is devoted to Shakespeare. He also includes some plays that are not considered major but that he thinks provide lessons about the genre. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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Venerable literary critic Bloom (humanities, Yale U.) surveys drama in ancient Greece and in the English language since the Renaissance, noting that drama is a peculiar form of literature because it is contaminated by performance. He covers plays by the four major Athenians, and nearly a third of the volume is devoted to Shakespeare. He also includes some plays that are no Venerable literary critic Bloom (humanities, Yale U.) surveys drama in ancient Greece and in the English language since the Renaissance, noting that drama is a peculiar form of literature because it is contaminated by performance. He covers plays by the four major Athenians, and nearly a third of the volume is devoted to Shakespeare. He also includes some plays that are not considered major but that he thinks provide lessons about the genre. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

38 review for Dramatists and Dramas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    There is very little doubt that Bloom is a genius. However, in his readings of plays, particularly where modern/current drama is concerned, he seems to fail to make the leap from the page to the stage. I think Harold secretly wants these plays to be novels or stories. In almost every sense he feels that no production could possibly live up to his imagination. And this is where I struggle with Mr. Bloom. If you look at a play on the page, you are looking at half of something. It would be like goi There is very little doubt that Bloom is a genius. However, in his readings of plays, particularly where modern/current drama is concerned, he seems to fail to make the leap from the page to the stage. I think Harold secretly wants these plays to be novels or stories. In almost every sense he feels that no production could possibly live up to his imagination. And this is where I struggle with Mr. Bloom. If you look at a play on the page, you are looking at half of something. It would be like going to an auto showroom and looking at a car, reading its features, etc... and then never test driving it, or saying afterwards, "It drove better in my mind". I fully understand that it possibly to take a scholarly look at plays as literature, but Bloom seems dismissive of the art of theatre and its purpose. The other thing that bothered me was that many of the modern/current playwrights he covers were given very little in terms of in depth coverage. It felt very uneven. His section on Shakespeare and the early playwrights is dynamite, but I can't but feel that he misses so much of what the aim of modern drama is. His other books on the Epic and the Short Story are very strong.

  2. 5 out of 5

    The Fat

    This book turned me on to so many awesome playwrights (or dramatists I suppose). I still come back to it all the time

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linny

    Harold Bloom is great and makes criticism fun again

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