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The Saving Lie
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Harold Bloom is our greatest living literary critic. His wide-ranging critical writings have plumbed the depths of Romanticism (The Visionary Company), explored the anxiety caused by the influence of one generation of poets on another (Agon, The Anxiety of Influence), wrestled with the idea of a literary canon (The Western Canon), introduced Jacques Derrida and deconstruction to America (Deconstruction and Criticism), and explored the relationship between religion, especially Judaism, and literature (Kabbalah and Criticism, The Book of J).

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-c
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  1. Title, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Abbreviations of Harold Bloom’s Works
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. Introduction: Life as an Argument: Harold Bloom’s Antithetical Vitalism
  2. pp. 3-30
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  1. Part I: The Antithetical Quester
  2. pp. 31-32
  1. Chapter One: Life in Agon: From Romanticism to Deconstruction and Beyond
  2. pp. 33-74
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  1. Chapter Two: Literary Lie and Philosophical Truth: Tarrying with the Deconstruction
  2. pp. 75-106
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  1. Part II: Agon with the Deadly Angels
  2. pp. 107-108
  1. Chapter Three: Life and Death in Deconstruction: From Hegel to de Man
  2. pp. 109-188
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  1. Chapter Four: The Davharocentric Subject, or Narcissism Reconsidered: Bloom Versus Derrida
  2. pp. 189-228
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  1. Part III: Wrestling Harold
  2. pp. 229-230
  1. Chapter Five: Intricate Evasions, or the Poetic Will-to-Ignorance
  2. pp. 231-258
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  1. Chapter Six: Fair Crossings: From Mere Life to More Life
  2. pp. 259-290
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  1. Chapter Seven: Tainted Love: A Psycho-Kabbalistic Reading of the Poetic Scene of Instruction
  2. pp. 291-318
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 319-374
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 375-388
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 389-405
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