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Title: King Lear and A Thousand Acres


1
King Lear and A Thousand Acres
2
The Anxiety of Influence
  • A critical work by Harold Bloom published in
    1973.
  • His central thesis proposed that writers are
    often troubled by the extent to which their work
    is influenced by other writers.
  • To be a writer of true longevity, ones work must
    original.
  • Bloom studied writers from the past whom he felt
    were truly original to see how they dealt with
    this anxiety of influence in their work.

3
The Anxiety of Influence
  • Clinamen - A "swerve" away from the precursor a
    corrective movement in a later work, with all the
    implication that the precursor was correct up to
    a point, and the new text carries on with the
    corrections.
  • Tessera - "completion and antithesis. The making
    of a new text from a small fragment of the
    original.
  • The four other anxieties Kenosis, Daemonization,
    Askesis, and Aprophrades

4
King Lear
  • 1605 A.D.
  • Set in 8th century B.C.
  • Tragedy centering on downfall of a dysfunctional
    family
  • Echoes of a morality play stock figures who
    represent both good and evil
  • Foils in Gloucester and Lear as father figures

5
King Lear
  • King Lear dramatizes the tragic discovery that
    the traditional structures of societymarked by
    codes of deferencecannot hold the social group
    together, either at the level of the family or at
    the level of the state.
  • The plot of the play depends on competition the
    competition set up by Lears love contest the
    competition of the illegitimate son with the
    legitimate.

6
King Lear
  • Imagery
  • -- Insults
  • --Foul fiend, madness
  • --Swearing by Gods
  • --Astrology
  • Motifs
  • Seeing
  • Judging
  • Flattery
  • the worst
  • unaccomodated man
  • Patience
  • nothing

7
King Lear Theme Topics
  • Parent/child relationship
  • Flattery
  • Madness
  • Judgment
  • Appearance vs. reality
  • Christian Humanist vs. Machiavellian

8
A Brief Look at Postmodernism
  • Rejection of Western values and
  • beliefs as only a small part of the
  • human experience.
  • Suspicion of being "profound"
  • because such ideas are based on one
  • particular value systems.
  • Preference for the exterior image and
  • avoidance drawing conclusions or
  • suggesting underlying meanings.
  • Sees human experience as unstable, internally
    contradictory, ambiguous, inconclusive,
    indeterminate, unfinished, fragmented,
    discontinuous, "jagged," with no one specific
    reality possible. 
  • Creates an "open" work in which the reader must
    supply his own connections, work out alternative
    meanings, and provide his own (unguided)
    interpretation.
  • Feminism, ecocriticism, queer studies,
    multi-cultural studies

9
Postmodernism
10
Postmodernism
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