The Literary Bent
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The Literary Bent
In Search of High Art in Contemporary American Writing

James D. Bloom

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper 1997 | ISBN 978-0-8122-1598-4 | $24.95s | £16.50 | Add to cart
A volume in the Penn Studies in Contemporary American Fiction series

"While most of the smart-alecs in the humanities have been hacking away at literary culture (which is to say, 'deconstructing' it with a vengeance), James Bloom has been reading, reading, reading—and now he has constructed a singularly thoughtful and important synthesis of old and new ways of looking at serious literature and its role in everyday life. His book stands as one of the most valuable contributions to literary criticism in recent years."—Alan Cheuse, book reviewer, NPR's All Things Considered

"Bloom does not so much present a defense of literariness as enact one. The variety of his illustrations and the breathless pace of his prose make an apocalyptic case for the value of cultural literacy in a postliterate culture. In reading, one feels an intimacy with and fondness for Bloom as someone totally immersed in both popular and high culture and committed to making sense of both, without belittling either."—David Van Leer, University of California, Riverside

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