Influence, Anxiety, and the Symbolic: A Lacanian Rereading of Bloom

Blevins, Jacob
September 2005
Intertexts;Fall2005, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p123
Academic Journal
In this article the author examines the presence of the anxiety of influence in poets. The author shares his encounter with a poet who experienced the anxiety of influence. The causes of this anxiety are indicated. The effort of some writers to avoid literary imitation is also explored. In addition, the author discusses the reality that imitation and influence are substantial factors in the production of literature.


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