2017 | 41 | 1 |
Article title

Harold Bloom’s Concern and “The Touch” that Always Does Wonders

Title variants
Languages of publication
This paper deals with the current debates as whether literary canon or classical works are destined to fall into oblivion or survive. The American literary critic Harold Bloom is very pessimistic about the future of literary studies and teaching literature as a whole. In his books, he makes elegiac conclusions about the Departments of English Language and Literature, which are likely to be renamed into the departments of Cultural Studies. His another concern is the literary “isms” and “ologies” which he considers to be destroying literature. The paper also focuses on the nature of reading and its various impacts on the reader, and its significance for literature students. The aim of the paper is to show that despite some grain of truth in Bloom’s writings as regards lack of aesthetic value of literary works in the postmodernist period when popular culture has taken over the canon works, there is no reason to worry about the present state of literary studies and literary criticism.
Der Band enthält die Abstracts ausschließlich in englischer Sprache.
Le numéro contient uniquement les résumés en anglais.
Том не содержит аннотаций на английском языке.
Physical description
  • 2005- Hurricane Rita. (2016). Hurricanes: Science and Society. Retrieved from
  • Abrams, M. H. (Ed.) (1968). The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Revised Vol. 1. New York: W. W. Norton.
  • Austen, J. (1999). Pride and Prejudice. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Classics.
  • Bloom, H. (1994). The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages. New York: Riverhead Books.
  • Bloom, H. (2000). How to Read and Why. New York: Scribner; Touchtone ed. Edition.
  • Bloom, H. (2012). The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.
  • Bloom, H. (Interview). (1994). Bloom and Doom [Interview transcript]. Harold Bloom interviewed by Ken Shulman. Newsweek, 124(15), Oct 10, 1994.
  • Bruns, C.V. (2011). Why Literature? The Value of Literary Reading and What It Means for Teaching. New York, London: Continuum.
  • Burgess, A. (2016). novel. In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from
  • Dickens, C. (2013). Charles Dickens' Hard Times: Have a heart that never hardens and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. Murfreesboro: A Word To The Wise.
  • Dovey, C. (2015). Can reading make you happier? The New Yorker. Retrieved from
  • Eagleton, T. (April, 06, 2015). The slow death of the university. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from
  • Federico, R. A. (Ed). (2011). Gilbert & Gubar's The Madwoman in The Attic After Thirty Years. Columbia: University of Missouri Press.
  • Fiedler, A. L. (1982). What was Literature? Class Culture and Mass Society. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  • Gilbert, M. S. & Gubar, S. (1979). The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination. New Haven and London: Yale University.
  • Goldwag, A. (2007). 'Isms & 'Ologies: All the Movements, Ideologies and Doctrines That Have Shaped Our World. New York: Madison Park Press.
  • Hamilton, I. (2009). Collected Poems. London: Faber and Faber.
  • Himmelweit, H. T., Swift B. & Jaeger, M. E. In Sonia Livingstone. (1998) Making Sense of Television: The Psychology of Audience Interpretation. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Hurricane News. (2016). Grace and The Perfect Storm. Retrieved from
  • James, H. (1996). The Portrait of A Lady. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions Limited.
  • Kirkup, J. (2010, September 7). Elizabeth Jenkins: Novelist and biographer acclaimed for her lives of formidable women. Independent. Retrieved from
  • Lee, H. (2005). Body Parts: Essays on Life-writing. London: Chatto & Windus
  • Lee, H. (2009). Biography: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • McKee, A. (Ed.) (2007). Beautiful Things in Popular Culture. London: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Meriç, C. (2016). Bu Ülke 48th Edition [This Country]. Đstanbul: Đletisim Yayınları.
  • Michael, S. (Interviewer) & Bloom, H. (Interviewee). (2015) Harold Bloom: Preposterous ‘Isms’ Are Destroying Literature [Interview transcript]. The world post. Retrieved from
  • preposterous_b_7546334.html
  • Nabokov, V. (1980). Lectures on Literature, Fredson Bowers (Ed.). A Harvest Book. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
  • Perloff, M. Crisis in the Humanities. Retrieved from
  • Raw, L. (2016). Listening to presentations. Academia. Retrieved from
  • Selden, R. Widdowson, P., & Brooker, P. (2005). A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.
  • Shakespeare, W. (1603). The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: Act II Scene 2.
  • Retrieved from
  • Solomon, M. (1996). The female world of exorcism and displacement (or, relations between women in Henry James’s nineteenth-century The Portrait of a Lady.
  • Studies in the Novel, 28(3), 395-413.
  • Turner, N. (2010). Post-War British Women Novelists and the Canon. London: The MPG Books Group.
  • Weisbuch, R. In Perloff, M. (2016). Crisis in the Humanities. Electronic Poetry Center. Retrieved from:
  • Weiss, A. (Interviewer) & Bloom, H. (Interviewee) (1991). The art of criticism no. 1. The Paris Review [Interview transcript]. Retrieved from
  • Weiss, A. (2008). Bloom, Why Read? - Harold Bloom. Retrieved from
Document Type
Publication order reference
YADDA identifier
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.