T.S. Eliot and the Poetics of Evolution: Sub/versions of Classicism, Culture, and Progress

Bucknell University Press, 2000 - 288 páginas
"Cuddy examines how the nineteenth-century union of evolution, history, and myth became Eliot's definition of the Western Tradition from Homer to the present. Homer's Odyssey and the tradition it inspired became one of Eliot's most successful paradigms for historical re/vision of women, father/son relationships, cultural evolution, time, and poet's struggle with words." "Guided by Eliot's own allusions and references to specific authors and historical moments, Cuddy adds a feminist, cultural, and intertextual perspective to the familiar critical interpretations of Eliot's work in order to reread poems and plays through nineteenth-century ideologies and knowledge set against our own time. By considering the implications and consequences of Eliot's culturally approved assumptions, this study further reveals how Eliot was trapped between the idea of Evolution as a unifying project and the reality of his own and his culture's hierarchical (and fragmenting) beliefs about class, gender, religion, and race. Cuddy concludes by exploring how this conflict undermined Eliot's mission of unity and influenced his (and Modernism's) place in history."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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ReConstructions of Evolution From Science and Culture to Cosmic Theories of Unity
The Homeric Tradition Paradigm for Cultural and Personal Evolution
Intertextuality and the DeConstruction of Tradition Portrait of a Lady and The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
Darwinian Descent with Modification Transforming the Heroic Tradition in Gerontion and The Waste Land
The Evolution of Gender Relations From Homers Penelope to Eliots Monica
Disintegrating Archetypes of FatherSon Unity The Sadness of Progress Subverted
Traps of Culture and Conditioning The Evolutionist Ideology of Advanced and Primitive Races
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Página 42 - ... we know of the laws impressed on matter by the Creator, that the production and extinction of the past and present inhabitants of the world should have been due to secondary causes, like those determining the birth and death of the individual. When I view all beings not as special creations, but as the lineal descendants of some few beings which lived long before the first bed of the Cambrian system was deposited, they seem to me to become ennobled.
Página 32 - What is to be insisted upon is that the poet must develop or procure the consciousness of the past and that he should continue to develop this consciousness throughout his career. What happens is a continual surrender of himself as he is at the moment to something which is more valuable. The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.

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