Bloom, who died on Monday, at the age of eighty-nine, imagined literature as a quarrelling family, with the critic serving as a Freudian analyst who might sort out the mutilated patterns of stress and resistance.
Jeff GuhinThanks to Ethan Levy for drawing my attention to this measured and thoughtful reading of Bloom's work and influence.
CHICAGO—Saying the classical language was a practical choice for anyone interested in awakening the dead, a new report released Thursday by the University of Chicago found that students who take Latin have a better chance of summoning a demon later...
Jeff GuhinJesuit high schools man. The Protestants are right to be worried.
Jeff Guhin.@NickGreene writing about Zion Williamson at @slate proves again why he's become one of my favorite sports writers. He's smart and hilarious and he's apparently going to jail, which kinda sucks, but at least he got in a funny joke about Zion on a jet ski.
As much as Robert Bellah’s final work, Religion in Human Evolution, has been studied and dissected, no critic underlined the importance of psychoanalysis for its main argument and its theoretical fra...
Jeff GuhinThis looks great Matteo Bortolini: "The return of the repressed. On Robert N. Bellah, Norman O. Brown, and religion in human evolution"
A history of Catholic social thought Many Americans assume that the Catholic Church is inherently conservative, based on its stances on abortion, contracep...
Jeff GuhinI just discovered this really cool book by @NepstadSharon: Catholic Social Activism: Progressive Movements in the United States. It has a great chapter on Catholic environmentalism that is tapping into questions not nearly enough academic are looking at.
Which rivalries are most intense? Can a team have more than one rival? What if the hatred isn’t returned? Two professors wanted answers.
Jeff Guhin“The study rates the most unbalanced rivalry as Boston College-Notre Dame. It is famous enough to have earned a nickname, the Holy War. But the war is fairly one-sided, at least in terms of antipathy.”
A prolific author, he contended that literary giants like Shakespeare, Chaucer and Kafka stood above writers admired by feminists, Marxists, “multiculturalists” and others.
Jeff GuhinI get why many hate Bloom esp. his cruel and glib dismissals of writers of color and women. Today, I found myself grateful for his many incisive readings and the effect Anxiety of Influence had on my own work. And I'm sad Bloom's heart was not bigger.
Ethnography is made of relationships. Even when the observations the ethnographer writes of take place between others in the field, it is through the developmen...
Jeff GuhinFinally getting around to Iddo Tavory's "Beyond the Calculus of Power and Position: Relationships and Theorizing in Ethnography". As usual, this is great and a must-read for making reflections on positionality more...
Jeff GuhinFinally getting around to Iddo Tavory's "Beyond the Calculus of Power and Position: Relationships and Theorizing in Ethnography". As usual, this is great and a must-read for making reflections on positionality more robust and theoretically generative.