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Bloch, R. Howard

Overview
Works: 62 works in 304 publications in 4 languages and 13,942 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fabliaux 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by R. Howard Bloch
Medieval misogyny and the invention of Western romantic love by R. Howard Bloch( )

27 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 2,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Until now the advent of Western romantic love has been seen as a liberation from--or antidote to--ten centuries of misogyny. In this major contribution to gender studies, R. Howard Bloch demonstrates how similar the ubiquitous antifeminism of medieval times and the romantic idealization of woman actually are. Through analyses of a broad range of patristic and medieval texts, Bloch explores the Christian construction of gender in which the flesh is feminized, the feminine is aestheticized, and aesthetics are condemned in theological terms. Tracing the underlying theme of virginity from the Church Fathers to the courtly poets, Bloch establishes the continuity between early Christian antifeminism and the idealization of woman that emerged in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In conclusion he explains the likely social, economic, and legal causes for the seeming inversion of the terms of misogyny into those of an idealizing tradition of love that exists alongside its earlier avatar until the current era. This startling study will be of great value to students of medieval literature as well as to historians of culture and gender
The anonymous Marie de France by R. Howard Bloch( )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 2,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers a fundamental reconception of the person generally assumed to be the first woman writer in French, the author known as Marie de France. The Anonymous Marie de France is the first work to consider all of the writing ascribed to Marie, including her famous Lais, her 103 animal fables, and the earliest vernacular Saint Patrick's Purgatory." "Evidence about Marie de France's life is so meager that we know next to nothing about her - not where she was born and to what rank, who her parents were, whether she was married or single, where she lived and might have traveled, nor whether she dwelled in cloister or at court. In the face of this great writer's near anonymity, scholars have assumed her to be a simple, naive, and modest Christian figure. Bloch's claim, in contrast, is that Marie is among the most self-conscious, sophisticated, complicated, and disturbing figures of her time - the Joyce of the twelfth century. At a moment of great historical turning, the so-called Renaissance of the twelfth century, Marie was both a disrupter of prevailing cultural values and a founder of new ones. Her works, Bloch argues, reveal an author obsessed by writing, by memory, and by translation, and acutely aware not only of her role in the preservation of cultural memory, but of the transforming psychological, social, and political effects of writing within an oral tradition."--Jacket
A New history of French literature by Denis Hollier( Book )

26 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and held by 1,865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces French literature from 842 A.D. to the present, presenting a pastiche of wide-angled views of historical and cultural phenomena--writers and artists, criminals and saints--arranged in chronological order and written by 164 American and European specialists
Misogyny, misandry, and misanthropy( )

12 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays, originally comprising an issue of Representations, explore the relation between gender, eroticism, and violence through close analysis of a range of both high and popular cultural forms, from R. Howard Bloch on medieval theology to Carol Clover on contemporary slasher films. Does misogyny differ from misandry? Can author intention be separated from social context? Do good women counterbalance or reenforce the misogyny of negative examples? Is an obsession with women itself misogynistic? These questions are approached from various angles by Joel Fineman, Charles Bernheimer, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Frances Ferguson, Naomi Schor and Gillian Brown. In sum, the authors detail not only the ways in which gender is represented, but also the changes to which representation subjects questions of sexual difference. Publisher's description
A needle in the right hand of God : the Norman conquest of 1066 and the making of the Bayeux tapestry by R. Howard Bloch( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bayeux Tapestry is the worldʼs most famous textile - an exquisite 230-foot-long embroidered panorama depicting the events surrounding the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is also one of historyʼs most mysterious and compelling works of art. This account of the battle that redrew the map of medieval Europe has inspired dreams of theft, waves of nationalism, visions of limitless power, and esthetic rapture. R. Howard Bloch reveals the history, the hidden meaning, the deep beauty, and the enduring allure of this astonishing piece of cloth. Book jacket
Medieval French literature and law by R. Howard Bloch( Book )

13 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rethinking the New Medievalism by R. Howard Bloch( )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the early 1990s, Stephen Nichols introduced the term 'new medievalism' to describe an alternative to the traditional philological approach to the study of the romantic texts in the medieval period. While the old approach focused on formal aspects of language, this new approach was historicist and moved beyond a narrow focus on language to examine the broader social and cultural contexts in which literary works were composed and disseminated. Within the field, this transformation of medieval studies was as important as the genetic revolution to the study of biology and has had an enormous influence on the study of medieval literature. Rethinking the New Medievalism offers both a historical account of the movement and its achievements while indicating--in Nichols's innovative spirit--still newer directions for medieval studies. The essays deal with questions of authorship, theology, and material philology and are written by members of a wide philological and critical circle that Nichols nourished for forty years."--Publisher's Web site
The scandal of the fabliaux by R. Howard Bloch( Book )

10 editions published in 1986 in English and French and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Etymologies and genealogies : a literary anthropology of the French Middle Ages by R. Howard Bloch( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One toss of the dice : the incredible story of how a poem made us modern by R. Howard Bloch( Book )

5 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It was, improbably, the forerunner of our digital age: a French poem about a shipwreck published in 1897 that, with its mind-bending possibilities of being read up and down, backward and forward, even sideways, launched modernism. Stéphane Mallarmé's "One Toss of the Dice," a daring, twenty-page epic of ruin and recovery, provided an epochal "tipping point," defining the spirit of the age and anticipating radical thinkers of the twentieth century, from Albert Einstein to T. S. Eliot. Celebrating its intrinsic influence on our culture, renowned scholar R. Howard Bloch masterfully decodes the poem still considered among the most enigmatic ever written. In Bloch's shimmering portrait of Belle Epoque Paris, Mallarmé stands as the spiritual giant of the era, gathering around him every Tuesday a luminous cast of characters including Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, André Gide, Claude Debussy, Oscar Wilde, and even the future French prime minister Georges Clemenceau. A simple schoolteacher whose salons and prodigious literary talent won him the adoration of Paris's elite, Mallarmé achieved the reputation of France's greatest living poet. He was so beloved that mourners crowded along the Seine for his funeral in 1898, many refusing to depart until late into the night, leaving Auguste Rodin to ponder, "How long will it take for nature to make another such a mind?" Over a century later, the allure of Mallarmé's linguistic feat continues to ignite the imaginations of the world's greatest thinkers. Featuring a new, authoritative translation of the French poem by J. D. McClatchy, One Toss of the Dice reveals how a literary masterpiece launched the modernist movement, contributed to the rise of pop art, influenced modern Web design, and shaped the perceptual world we now inhabit. And as Alex Ross remarks in The New Yorker, "If you can crack [Mallarmé's] poems, it seems, you can crack the riddles of existence." In One Toss of the Dice, Bloch finally, and brilliantly, dissects one of literary history's greatest mysteries to reveal how a poem made us modern."--Dust jacket
God's plagiarist : being an account of the fabulous industry and irregular commerce of the abbé Migne by R. Howard Bloch( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God's Plagiarist is an entertaining account of the abbe Jacques-Paul Migne, one of the great entrepreneurs of the nineteenth century. Tracing Migne's life between 1840 and 1870, a period of robust economic growth in France, Howard Bloch reveals how the abbe Migne founded one of the most extensive publishing ventures of all time
Future libraries by R. Howard Bloch( Book )

22 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Future libraries" rassemble d'émérites avocats, historiens, informaticiens, linguistes, et architectes pour aborder le futur des bibliothèques, des livres et de l'écrit dans l'ère électronique
Medievalism and the modernist temper by R. Howard Bloch( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and French and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fabliaux : a new verse translation( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first major English translation of the most scandalous and irreverent poetry in Western literature. Composed between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, these virtually unknown erotic and satiric poems lie at the root of the Western comic tradition. Passed down by the anticlerical middle classes of medieval France, the Fabliaux depict priapic priests, randy wives, and their cuckolded husbands in tales that are shocking even by today's standards. Chaucer and Boccaccio borrowed heavily from these riotous tales, which were the wit of the common man rebelling against the aristocracy and Church in matters of food, money, and sex. Containing 69 poems with a parallel Old French text, The Fabliaux reproduces the world and feeling of the medieval tale.--From publisher description
De la littérature française by Denis Hollier( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in French and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fabliaux érotiques : textes de jongleurs des XIIe et XIIIe siècles( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A needle in the right hand of God : [the Norman conquest of 1066 and the making and meaning of the Bayeux tapestry] by R. Howard Bloch( Recording )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bayeux Tapestry is the world's most famous textile-an exquisite 230-foot-long embroidered panorama depicting the events surrounding the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is also one of history's most mysterious and compelling works of art. This haunting stitched account of the battle that redrew the map of medieval Europe has inspired dreams of theft, waves of nationalism, visions of limitless power, and esthetic rapture. In his fascinating new book, Yale professor R. Howard Bloch reveals the history, the hidden meaning, the deep beauty, and the enduring allure of this astonishing piece of cloth. Bloch opens with a gripping account of the event that inspired the Tapestry: the swift, bloody Battle of Hastings, in which the Norman bastard William defeated the Anglo-Saxon king, Harold, and laid claim to England under his new title, William the Conqueror. But to truly understand the connection between battle and embroidery, one must retrace the web of international intrigue and scandal that climaxed at Hastings. Bloch demonstrates how, with astonishing intimacy and immediacy, the artisans who fashioned this work of textile art brought to life a moment that changed the course of British culture and history. Every age has cherished the Tapestry for different reasons and read new meaning into its enigmatic words and images. French nationalists in the mid-nineteenth century, fired by the Tapestry's evocation of military glory, unearthed the lost French epic "The Song of Roland," which Norman troops sang as they marched to victory in 1066. As the Nazis tightened their grip on Europe, Hitler sent a team to France to study the Tapestry, decode its Nordic elements, and, at the end of the war, with Paris under siege, bring the precious cloth to Berlin. The richest horde of buried Anglo-Saxon treasure, the matchless beauty of Byzantine silk, Aesop's strange fable "The Swallow and the Linseed," the colony that Anglo-Saxon nobles founded in the Middle East following their defeat at Hastings-all are brilliantly woven into Bloch's riveting narrative. Seamlessly integrating Norman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Byzantine elements, the Bayeux Tapestry ranks with Chartres and the Tower of London as a crowning achievement of medieval Europe. And yet, more than a work of art, the Tapestry served as the suture that bound up the wounds of 1066. A Needle in the Right Hand of God will stand with The Professor and the Madman and How the Irish Saved Civilization as a triumph of popular history
Etymologie et généalogie : une anthropologie littéraire du Moyen âge français by R. Howard Bloch( Book )

9 editions published in 1989 in French and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moses in the promised land by R. Howard Bloch( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of a group of middle-aged, upscale survivors of the sixties counterculture whose quest for personal well-being and social justice is turned upside down when they try to solve the mystery of termite inspector Moses Reed's death
Le plagiaire de Dieu : la fabuleuse industrie de l'abbé Migne by R. Howard Bloch( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in French and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A New history of French literature
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A New history of French literatureMisogyny, misandry, and misanthropyA needle in the right hand of God : the Norman conquest of 1066 and the making of the Bayeux tapestryMedieval French literature and lawEtymologies and genealogies : a literary anthropology of the French Middle AgesGod's plagiarist : being an account of the fabulous industry and irregular commerce of the abbé MigneMedievalism and the modernist temperDe la littérature françaiseA needle in the right hand of God : [the Norman conquest of 1066 and the making and meaning of the Bayeux tapestry]
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Bloch Howard

Bloch, Howard 1943-

Bloch, Ralph Howard 1943-

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