Harold Bloom's antithetical stance on memory as forgetting

2016
journal article
article
dc.abstract.enThe paper sets out to examine the dialectical concept of memory as forgetting presented in Bloom’s Poetry and Repression. In his speculative investigations, Bloom draws heavily on two of his predecessors: Freud and Kierkegaard. He borrows the notions of trauma and repression from the former and develops them into the concept of the Scene of Instruction, which is a story of the initiation into the realm of poetry. From the latter, he borrows the concept of crop rotation, which deals with the art of remembering through forgetting, and vice versa. Bloom misreads both these concepts to create a theoretical construct of his own. Bloom follows Freud in that he shows how the poetic ego emerges through a reaction to the traumatic event of the Scene of Instruction. However, while Freud claims that it is by recollection that people can work through their traumas and return to sanity, Bloom says that both recollection and sanity are detrimental to human creative capabilities and that it is only through repression that a poet as poet can misread his predecessors and create poetry of his own. Bloom follows Kierkegaard in that he says that repression involves a dialectic of remembering and forgetting that, when put together, create an active faculty that shapes one’s individual experience. While Kierkegaard uses his concept to create an aesthetic or contemplative existence that is always new and devoid of any excessive pleasure or pain, Bloom claims that confl ict is an inherent part of human existence and that this very confl ict is in fact a chance for a poet to individuate from tradition understood as the eternal return of the same.pl
dc.affiliationWydział Filologicznypl
dc.contributor.authorSowiński, Bartosz - 116217 pl
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-09T15:15:52Z
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dc.date.issued2016pl
dc.date.openaccess24
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dc.description.additionalBibliogr. s. 108.pl
dc.description.number2pl
dc.description.physical99-108pl
dc.description.publication0,75pl
dc.description.versionostateczna wersja wydawcy
dc.description.volume11pl
dc.identifier.doi10.4467/20843933ST.16.011.5320pl
dc.identifier.eissn2084-3933pl
dc.identifier.issn1897-3035pl
dc.identifier.projectROD UJ / Ppl
dc.identifier.urihttp://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/37531
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dc.titleHarold Bloom's antithetical stance on memory as forgettingpl
dc.title.journalStudia Litteraria Universitatis Iagellonicae Cracoviensispl
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The paper sets out to examine the dialectical concept of memory as forgetting presented in Bloom’s Poetry and Repression. In his speculative investigations, Bloom draws heavily on two of his predecessors: Freud and Kierkegaard. He borrows the notions of trauma and repression from the former and develops them into the concept of the Scene of Instruction, which is a story of the initiation into the realm of poetry. From the latter, he borrows the concept of crop rotation, which deals with the art of remembering through forgetting, and vice versa. Bloom misreads both these concepts to create a theoretical construct of his own. Bloom follows Freud in that he shows how the poetic ego emerges through a reaction to the traumatic event of the Scene of Instruction. However, while Freud claims that it is by recollection that people can work through their traumas and return to sanity, Bloom says that both recollection and sanity are detrimental to human creative capabilities and that it is only through repression that a poet as poet can misread his predecessors and create poetry of his own. Bloom follows Kierkegaard in that he says that repression involves a dialectic of remembering and forgetting that, when put together, create an active faculty that shapes one’s individual experience. While Kierkegaard uses his concept to create an aesthetic or contemplative existence that is always new and devoid of any excessive pleasure or pain, Bloom claims that confl ict is an inherent part of human existence and that this very confl ict is in fact a chance for a poet to individuate from tradition understood as the eternal return of the same.
dc.affiliationpl
Wydział Filologiczny
dc.contributor.authorpl
Sowiński, Bartosz - 116217
dc.date.accessioned
2017-02-09T15:15:52Z
dc.date.available
2017-02-09T15:15:52Z
dc.date.issuedpl
2016
dc.date.openaccess
24
dc.description.accesstime
po opublikowaniu
dc.description.additionalpl
Bibliogr. s. 108.
dc.description.numberpl
2
dc.description.physicalpl
99-108
dc.description.publicationpl
0,75
dc.description.version
ostateczna wersja wydawcy
dc.description.volumepl
11
dc.identifier.doipl
10.4467/20843933ST.16.011.5320
dc.identifier.eissnpl
2084-3933
dc.identifier.issnpl
1897-3035
dc.identifier.projectpl
ROD UJ / P
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http://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/37531
dc.languagepl
eng
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eng
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Dozwolony użytek utworów chronionych
dc.rights.licence
OTHER
dc.rights.uri*
http://ruj.uj.edu.pl/4dspace/License/copyright/licencja_copyright.pdf
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recollection
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repression
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subjectivity
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trauma
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individuation
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Article
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Harold Bloom's antithetical stance on memory as forgetting
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Studia Litteraria Universitatis Iagellonicae Cracoviensis
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JournalArticle
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