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Unreading Julius Caesar
by David P. Gontar (January 2012)
I. Introduction: A Tale of Two Critics
IN 1998 and 2004 appeared two of the most significant surveys of the plays of William Shakespeare: Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, by Yale's Harold Bloom, and Shakespeare After All, by Marjorie Garber of Harvard. These critics are well-known and held in high esteem. Yet to examine them in tandem is to come away disappointed. Bloom is altogether omitted from Garber's General Index (Garber, 947), while his own volume contains no index at all. There seems to be a yawning disconnect between them. Worse, treatment of some of the best-known plays is uneven and often unsatisfactory. more>>>