T. S. Eliot and the Concept of Tradition

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 13, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 229 pages
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T. S. Eliot's reformulation of the idea of literary tradition has been one of the key critical concepts of the twentieth century. In this reappraisal of tradition, an international team of scholars explores the concept from a variety of theoretical and historical perspectives, including a series of illuminating case studies evaluating Eliot's version of tradition alongside the theories of other major twentieth-century critics. This 2007 volume will be of great interest to students of literary theory, modernist studies and intellectual history, initiating a dialogue between Continental and Anglo-American investigations into the nature of literary traditions. Tradition is a concept often viewed by contemporary critics with misunderstanding or even hostility. This book powerfully reaffirms the continuing importance of our artistic and cultural traditions in shaping the past and creating the future.
 

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Contents

T S Eliots reinvention of tradition
13
transgression and the individual talent
26
dialectic and impersonality in T S Eliot
41
Tradition and the Individual Talent and postwar poetry
58
Contexts literary
73
French influences and echoes in Tradition and the Individual Talent
75
T S Eliot and The Egoist
90
Pound Eliot and the historical method
103
Some arthistorical contexts for Tradition and the Individual Talent
131
from T S Eliots tradition to Hans Blumenbergs work on myth
147
Whose tradition? T S Eliot and the text of anthropology
161
Case studies
175
the detours of tradition and the persistence of individual talent
177
T S Eliot and Ford Madox Ford
185
time and history in T S Eliot and Walter Benjamin
201
Select bibliography
215

Contexts art and anthropology
117
tradition in the context of modernist art
119

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Jason Harding is Lecturer in English at the University of Durham.

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