The Awakening by Prof. Harold Bloom


The Awakening by Prof. Harold Bloom

Kate Chopin's The Awakening is a favorite of feminist critics, who see it as an early evocation of the ideas that would galvanize the women's liberation movement. This new addition to the Bloom's Guides series gathers excerpts of numerous respected critical essays on the novel. Topics discussed include the symbolic use of the sea, literary naturalism, and Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in regard to the novel. Helpful features include an annotated bibliography, a listing of other works by the author, and an introduction by master scholar Harold Bloom.

About the Author

Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. He is the author of 30 books, including Shelley's Mythmaking (1959), The Visionary Company (1961), Blake's Apocalypse (1963), Yeats (1970), A Map of Misreading (1975), Kabbalah and Criticism (1975), Agon: Toward a Theory of Revisionism (1982), The American Religion (1992), The Western Canon (1994), and Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, and Resurrection (1996). The Anxiety of Influence (1973) sets forth Professor Bloom's provocative theory of the literary relationships between the great writers and their predecessors. His most recent books include Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998), a 1998 National Book Award finalist, How to Read and Why (2000), Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds (2002), Hamlet: Poem Unlimited (2003), Where Shall Wisdom be Found (2004), and Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine (2005). In 1999, Professor Bloom received the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Criticism. He has also received the International Prize of Catalonia, the Alfonso Reyes Prize of Mexico, and the Hans Christian Andersen Bicentennial Prize of Denmark.

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Publication date

15th April 2008



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