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T. S. Eliot and the Concept of Tradition

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Sir Frank Kermode, Giovanni Cianci, Jason Harding, Aleida Assmann, Stan Smith, Jewel Spears Brooker, Clive Wilmer, Bernard Brugiere, Massimo Bacigalupo, Michael Hollington, Claudia Corti, Caroline Patey, Marjorie Perloff, Max Saunders, Brett Neilson
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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521121439

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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.

    • An essential contribution to the reassessment of Eliot's criticism
    • Explains the uses to which the idea of tradition has been put by critics since Eliot
    • Contributors represent a variety of critical and national perspectives
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ...a panoramic view of Eliot’s concept of tradition within the wider cultures of modernism and postmodernism...Cianci and Harding’s volume covers impressive ground, the richness of which a brief review cannot aspire to convey." John D. Morgenstern, The Review of English Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521121439
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Sir Frank Kermode
    Introduction Giovanni Cianci and Jason Harding
    Part I. Tradition and Impersonality:
    1. Exorcising the demon of chronology: T. S. Eliot's reinvention of tradition Aleida Assmann
    2. Proper frontiers: transgression and the individual talent Stan Smith
    3. Writing the self: dialectic and impersonality in T. S. Eliot Jewel Spears Brooker
    4. The later fortunes of impersonality: 'Tradition and the Individual Talent' and post-war poetry Clive Wilmer
    Part II. Contexts - Literary:
    5. French influences and echoes in 'Tradition and the Individual Talent' Bernard Brugiere
    6. Tradition and egoism: T. S. Eliot and The Egoist Jason Harding
    7. Tradition in 1919: Pound, Eliot and the 'historical method' Massimo Bacigalupo
    Part III. Contexts - Art and Anthropology:
    8. Reading T. S. Eliot visually: tradition in the context of modernist art Giovanni Cianci
    9. Some art historical contexts for 'Tradition and the Individual Talent' Michael Hollington
    10. 'A living whole': from T. S. Eliot's tradition to Hans Blumenberg's work on myth Claudia Corti
    11. Whose tradition?: T. S. Eliot and the text of anthropology Caroline Patey
    Part IV. Case Studies:
    12. Duchamp's Eliot: the detours of tradition and the persistence of individual talent Marjorie Perloff
    13. Tradition and the march of literature: T. S. Eliot and Ford Madox Ford Max Saunders
    14. At the frontiers of metaphysics: time and history in T. S. Eliot and Walter Benjamin Brett Neilson
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  • Editors

    Giovanni Cianci, Università degli Studi di Milano

    Jason Harding, University of Durham


    Sir Frank Kermode, Giovanni Cianci, Jason Harding, Aleida Assmann, Stan Smith, Jewel Spears Brooker, Clive Wilmer, Bernard Brugiere, Massimo Bacigalupo, Michael Hollington, Claudia Corti, Caroline Patey, Marjorie Perloff, Max Saunders, Brett Neilson

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