Monday, November 29, 2010

In this corner

... Cynthia Ozick vs. Harold Bloom: Foreign Bodies.

Bloom’s most famous critical idea is his literary adaptation of Freud’s Oedipus complex: according to Bloom, every writer seeks to liberate himself from a powerful literary influence by the “revisionary act” of “emptying” and “undoing” the great precursor, then taking his place.

My view of Freud was expressed best by Max Beerbohm: "A tense and peculiar family, the Oedipuses, were they not?"

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