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How to Be an IntellectualEssays on Criticism, Culture, and the University$
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Jeffrey J. Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263806

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263806.001.0001

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Prodigal Critics:

Prodigal Critics:

Bloom, Fish, and Greenblatt

(p.67) Nine Prodigal Critics
How to Be an Intellectual

Jeffrey J. Williams

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues against the standard idea that American criticism developed from "French theory." Rather, in the case of three major contemporary critics and theorists, Harold Bloom, Stanley Fish, and Stephen Greenblatt, it shows how they developed their work in response to American New Criticism. They each were trained by leading New Critics and rebutted New Critical views.

Keywords:   New Criticism, Literary theory, French theory, Harold Bloom, Stanley Fish, Stephen Greenblatt

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