T.S. Eliot, Dante, and the Idea of Europe Paul Douglass

ISBN: 9781443828789

Published: May 1st 2011

Hardcover

223 pages


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T.S. Eliot, Dante, and the Idea of Europe  by  Paul Douglass

T.S. Eliot, Dante, and the Idea of Europe by Paul Douglass
May 1st 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 223 pages | ISBN: 9781443828789 | 5.20 Mb

T. S. Eliot greatly enhanced Dantes profound influence on European literature. The essays in this volume explore Dantes importance through a focus on Eliot. Probing the questions what Eliot made of Dante, and what Dante meant to Eliot, the essaysMoreT. S. Eliot greatly enhanced Dantes profound influence on European literature. The essays in this volume explore Dantes importance through a focus on Eliot. Probing the questions what Eliot made of Dante, and what Dante meant to Eliot, the essays here assess the legacy of modernism by engaging its classicist roots, covering a wide spectrum of topics stemming from Dantes relevance to the poetry and criticism of Eliot.

The essays reflect on Eliots aesthetic, philosophical, and religious convictions in relation to Dante, his influence upon literary modernism through his embracing and championing of the Florentine, and his desire to promote European unity. The first section of the book deals with aesthetic and philosophical issues related to Eliots engagement with Dante, beginning with Jewel Spears Brookers masterful essay on the concepts of immediate experience and primary consciousness in Eliots work, and moving on to essays considering his idea of a unified sensibility, as well as Eliots engagement with Hindu-Buddhist and Christian themes and motifs.

The second part of the book focuses on Dantes importance to Eliots founding work in the modernist movement. In what ways did Dante directly and indirectly influence the exemplary path that Eliot blazed for his contemporaries, especially Ezra Pound? How early did Dantes influence show itself in Eliots work? Why was he unable to complete the great trilogy he seems to have sought to write, based on Dantes Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso?

These questions and their answers lead to the books final section, which considers Eliots (and Dantes) role in the formation of a twentieth-century concept of Europe. Incisive essays on Eliots varied sources of tradition in his attempt to promote the idea of a European union and his anxiety over the heritage of Romanticism are capped by a magisterial contribution from Dominic Manganiello showing precisely how Eliots reformulation of the Dantesque European Epic continues to influence the work of Anglo-European and Commonwealth writers.



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