ENGL 300 - Lecture 14 - Influence
Lecture 14 - Influence
In this lecture on the psyche in literary theory, Professor Paul Fry explores the work of T. S. Eliot and Harold Bloom, specifically their studies of tradition and individualism. Related and divergent perspectives on tradition, innovation, conservatism, and self-effacement are traced throughout Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent" and Bloom's "A Meditation upon Priority." Particular emphasis is placed on the process by which poets struggle with the literary legacies of their precursors. The relationship of Bloom's thinking, in particular, to Freud's Oedipus complex is duly noted. The lecture draws heavily from the works of Pope, Borges, Joyce, Homer, Wordsworth, Longinus, and Milton.
Eliot, T. S. "Tradition and the Individual Talent." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 537-41
Bloom, Harold. "A Meditation upon Priority." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 1156-60