Honorary doctorate to renowned literary critic Harold Bloom on September 14

Celebrated literary critic Harold Bloom will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a special ceremony on Friday, September 14. Nobel laureate, Dr. Jose Saramago, himself the recipient of an honorary doctorate from UMass Dartmouth in 1999, will participate.

UMass Dartmouth to award honorary doctorate to renowned literary critic Harold Bloom on September 14 

Celebrated literary critic Harold Bloom will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a special ceremony on Friday, September 14. Nobel laureate, Dr. José Saramago, himself the recipient of an honorary doctorate from UMass Dartmouth in 1999, will participate. 

The honorary degree ceremony at UMass Dartmouth will be held at 11a.m. in the College of Visual and Performing Arts Recital Hall, room 153. The public is invited. 

Professor Bloom will also deliver a public lecture at 3 p.m. in the UMass Dartmouth library entitled, The Atlantic Sublime: Whitman, Pessoa, Saramago. Saramago will respond to Bloom's commentary. Bloom and Saramago will sign copies of their books. 

Bloom and Saramago are featured in the 6th edition of the literary journal published by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Dartmouth. The journal was launched in Lisbon in May. Professor Frank Sousa is director of the UMass Dartmouth center. 

Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University. A MacArthur, genius award winner, he is the author of more than 20 books, including The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry, The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry, A Map of Misreading, Kabbalah and Criticism, Agon: Theory of Revisionism, Ruin the Sacred Truths: Poetry and Belief from the Bible to the Present, Book of J, The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian 
Nation, The Western Canon: The Books & School of the Ages, Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, & Resurrection and Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. 

He is also author of more than 1,000 articles and edited nearly 500 additional works. 

Saramago was awarded the 1998-1999 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Portuguese-speaking author to win the most prestigious award in literature. Saramago's work has been translated into 30 languages, having won loyal readership in Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Italy and Germany. 

Prior to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, his novels won critical acclaim in the United States. Among his novels translated into English are Balthasar and Blimunda, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, The Stone Raft, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, The History of the Siege of Lisbon, and Blindness. 

Saramago's award-winning work includes poetry, essays, plays, and a diary, in addition to his novels. 

On Sepetmber 17, the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Luso Development Foundation will co-sponsor A Conversation with Harold Bloom and Jose Saramago at the New York Public Library in the Celeste Bartos Forum. 

For more information on all of the events, telephone the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at (508) 999-8255.


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