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The Anxiety of Influence

The Anxiety of Influence

A Theory of Poetry

  • Author: Harold Bloom,Prof. Harold Bloom,Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780195112214
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 157
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Harold Bloom's The Anxiety of Influence has cast its own long shadow of influence since it was first published in 1973. Through an insightful study of Romantic poets, Bloom puts forth his central vision of the relations between tradition and the individual artist. Although Bloom was never the leader of any critical "camp," his argument that all literary texts are a response to those that precede them had an enormous impact on the practice of deconstruction and poststructuralist literary theory in this country. The book remains a central work of criticism for all students of literature and has sold over 17,000 copies in paperback since 1984. Written in a moving personal style, anchored by concrete examples, and memorably quotable, Bloom's book maintains that the anxiety of influence cannot be evaded--neither by poets nor by responsible readers and critics. This second edition contains a new Introduction, which explains the genesis of Bloom's thinking and the subsequent influence of the book on literary criticism of the past twenty years.criticism of the past twenty years. Here, Bloom asserts that the anxiety of influence comes out of a complex act of strong misreading, a creative interpretation he calls "poetic misprision." The influence-anxiety does not so much concern the forerunner but rather is an anxiety achieved in and by the story, novel, play, poem, or essay. In other words, without Keats's reading of Shakespeare, Milton, and Wordsworth, we could not have Keats's odes and sonnets and his two Hyperions. Given the enormous attention generated by Bloom's controversial The Western Cannon, this new edition is certain to find a readymade audience among the new generation of scholars, students, and layreaders interested in the Bloom cannon.

The Anatomy of Influence

The Anatomy of Influence

Literature as a Way of Life

  • Author: Harold Bloom,Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 0300167601
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 357
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In this, his most comprehensive and accessible study of influence, Bloom leads readers through the labyrinthine paths which link the writers and critics who have informed and inspired him for so many years.

A Map of Misreading

A Map of Misreading

  • Author: Harold Bloom
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0195162218
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 206
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The second volume in Bloom's series of works which reveal his theory of revisionism, "A Map of Misreading" demonstrates his theory that patterns of imagery in poems represent both a response to and a defense against the influence of precursor poems.

The Anxiety of Obsolescence

The Anxiety of Obsolescence

The American Novel in the Age of Television

  • Author: Kathleen Fitzpatrick
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • ISBN: 9780826515209
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 268
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Presents an examination of the claim by some writers, such as DeLillo, Pynchon, and Franzen, that the audience for serious literature has dwindled due to television, and posits the question of which cultural or social functions might benefit from such a claim, such as white male hegemony.

The Dangers of Interpretation

The Dangers of Interpretation

Art and Artists in Henry James and Thomas Mann

  • Author: Ilona Treitel
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317945441
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 336
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First published in 1996. This comparative study investigates thematic and technical similarities in the works of the two authors who shared a cultural heritage and achieved comparable status in their separate literary traditions. Drawing upon theories by Bloom, Bakhtin, and Lacan, the book examines ways in which Henry James and Thomas Mann treat the creative artist and analyze the creative and interpretive processes in their fiction. The texts covered range from early works to their great modern novels: The Golden Bowland Doctor Faustus To a great extent, the similarities between the works stem from the authors' preoccupation with artistic responsibility. Adopting Bloom's claim that the creative activity is an interpretive one, and that the reader, as well as the writer, interprets a text into being the book also investigates the reader's responsibility in confronting the dilemmas challenging James' and Mann's artist figures. Such challenges are "the dangers of interpretation" discussed in this book. Index. Bibliography.

The Invention of Influence

The Invention of Influence

  • Author: Peter Cole
  • Publisher: New Directions
  • ISBN: 9780811221726
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 120
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A dazzling new book by a writer with "perhaps the most capacious command of the Jewish poetic tradition of any poet now writing in English"(Religion and Literature)

Lacan and the Ghosts of Modernity

Lacan and the Ghosts of Modernity

Masculinity, Tradition, and the Anxiety of Influence

  • Author: Marshall Needleman Armintor
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9780820469065
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 168
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To understand the achievement of Jacques Lacan, one must turn to his roots. This book explores the grounding of Lacan's psychoanalytic work in the intellectual and artistic movements of the modernist period. More specifically, it examines masculine anxiety in the modernist novel in terms of Lacan's work on psychosis, masochism, and narcissism, viewed against the broader cultural context of the modernist era. In the process, this book illustrates how Lacan's intellectual apprenticeships and encounters (both real and imaginary) play out in his mature work, beginning with the first seminars of the 1950s. Like other thinkers of the early twentieth century, the trajectory of Lacan's psychoanalytic career is shaped by tendentious confrontations with peers, forebears, and intellectual traditions.