idea of influence

idea of influence

an idea held less firmly than a delusion, often seen in paranoid disorders, that external forces or persons are controlling one's thoughts, actions, and feelings.
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All of this is enough to make one's head spin, as Bayard asks us to rethink the idea of influence from top to bottom, arguing that literary history must be read in both directions, that is, both retrospectively and prospectively.
Lubasch and others--say, Lee Ann Brown or Chris Stroffolino--wear their influences on their sleeves; it's as if the idea of influence, displayed in the effort to control and to provide keys for the text by using epigraph or acknowledgment, has become itself a trope for this insular situation of poetry and poetic theory.
LN: OK, I see that this is not really reducible to the idea of influence.