>When I read your man Bloom's *Anxiety of Influence* many years ago I
>was impressed by it but also noted that it was only accurate if the world
>began with Milton. (I don't believe, for example, that his arguments would
>apply to the relationship of Homer and Virgil.)
I agree, and I think Bloom himself made that point. He wouldn't use this language - he'd probably recoil in horror from it, in fact - but his anxiety model is a model of the bourgeois individual.