Introduction to Theory of Literature (ENGL 300) 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 "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. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction to Harold Bloom 06:31 - Chapter 2. Mimesis and Imitatio 11:51 - Chapter 3. Bloom "Misreads" Eliot 29:34 - Chapter 4: Literary History: the Always Already Written "Strong Poem" 48:09 - Chapter 5. Lacan and Bloom on Tony the Tow Truck Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2009.
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http://elhermitano.nmsu.edu/ Larry Torres is an Assistant Professor of foreign languages and cultures at The University of New Mexico - Taos. In 1993 Walt Disney, at the America Salutes its Teachers Program, named him outstanding national Foreign Language teacher of the year. He has received numerous honors and awards and has appeared in several magazines. He is a popular speaker in the field of cultural sensitivity and teacher training, as well as a speaker on global education. ©2006. NMSU Board of Regents. All rights reserved. Produced by NMSU Media Productions
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Dante in Translation (ITAL 310) In this lecture, Professor Mazzotta examines Paradise XVIII-XIX and XXI-XXII. In Paradise XVIII, Dante enters the Heaven of Jupiter, where the souls of righteous rulers assume the form of an eagle, the emblem of the Roman Empire. The Eagle's outcry against the wickedness of Christian kings leads Dante to probe the boundaries of divine justice by looking beyond the confines of Christian Europe. By contrasting the political with the moral boundaries that distinguish one culture from another, Dante opens up the Christian economy of redemption to medieval notions of alterity. In Paradise XXI, Dante moves from the exemplars of the active life to the contemplative spirits of the Heaven of Saturn, Peter Damian and St. Benedict. The question of perspective through which the theme of justice was explored resurfaces to distinguish between the visionary claims of the contemplative and mystical traditions. As Dante ascends to the Heaven of the Fixed Stars, catching sight of the earth below (Paradise XXII), his own visionary claims are distinguished by an awareness of his place in history. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Continuity and Thematic Expansion in the Cantos 10:35 - Chapter 2. Space, Place and Justice 26:49 - Chapter 3. A Conversation between Philosophy and Theology 42:49 - Chapter 4. The Contemplatives 01:02:30 - Chapter 5. Question and Answer
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