Hamlet knows best
“Bardolator” Harold Bloom rants against cant in an Atlantic interview. Bloom opposed the New Criticism, then the Deconstructionists and now the School of Resentment.
Throughout the English-speaking world, the wave of French theory was replaced by the terrible mélange that I increasingly have come to call the School of Resentment—the so-called multiculturalists and feminists who tell us we are to value a literary work because of the ethnic background or the gender of the author.
Feminism as a stance calling for equal rights, equal education, equal pay—no rational, halfway decent human being could possibly disagree with this. But what is called feminism in the academies seems to be a very different phenomenon indeed. I have sometimes characterized these people as a Rabblement of Lemmings, dashing off the cliff and carrying their supposed subject down to destruction with them.
Shakespeare, says Bloom, is the true multiculturalist writer.