Yale’s own professor Harold Bloom GRD ’56 received a shout out of sorts in the viral video “So You Want to Get a PHD in the Humanities.” The video’s premise is a meeting between a jaded dean and a motivated young undergraduate who wants to attend graduate school for English. The almost five minute video follows their exchange as the dean harshly shuts down the hopeful student’s every statement.
Bloom is mentioned when the student states that she “needs to go to Yale” because “they have Harold Bloom.” The dean responds by saying that “He is not even in the English Department.” She has some other choice words about Bloom. Watch for yourself.
Bloom is currently the Sterling Professor of Humanities and English at Yale.