Modernism, Memory, and Desire: T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf - download pdf or read online

By Gabrielle McIntire

ISBN-10: 0511378637

ISBN-13: 9780511378638

ISBN-10: 0521877857

ISBN-13: 9780521877855

T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf have been virtually special contemporaries, readers and critics of every others' paintings, and associates for over two decades. Their writings, although, are infrequently paired. Modernism, reminiscence, and wish proposes that a few amazing correspondences exist in Eliot and Woolf's poetic, fictional, severe, and autobiographical texts, relatively of their ordinary flip to the language of wish, sensuality, and the physique to render memory's tactics. The ebook comprises wide archival examine on a few typically unknown bawdy poetry through T. S. Eliot whereas providing readings of significant paintings through either writers, together with The Waste Land, 'The Love tune of J. Alfred Prufrock', Orlando, and To the Lighthouse. McIntire juxtaposes Eliot and Woolf with numerous significant modernist thinkers of reminiscence, together with Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson, and Walter Benjamin, to provide compelling reconsiderations of the relation among textuality, remembrance, and the physique in modernist literature.

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They are excellent bits of scholarly ribaldry. ”51 Eliot, in turn, reacted right away by writing a letter of complaint to Pound in February 1915: I have corresponded with Lewis, but his puritanical principles seem to bar my way to Publicity. I fear that King Bolo and his Big Black Kween will never burst into print. I understand that Priapism, Narcissism etc. are not approved of, and even so innocent a rhyme as . . 52 Eliot transforms Lewis’s queasiness about overtly offensive language into a teasing charge that Lewis’s “puritanical principles” will effectively keep him from finding the “Publicity” he desires.

A major line of continuity between these two bodies of work is to be found in their mutual and persistent blending of memory and desire, history and sexuality, the past and eros. That is, as with the Bolo poems, in Eliot’s canonical texts we find a prevailing tropological substructure in his readings of the past which insists that approaching the enigma of anteriority means simultaneously reading desire. We find, then, a historical and mnemonic poetics of desire, and an eroticized, sensual poetics of history and memory, where memory and desire function analogically as inseparable aspects of Eliot’s modernist historiography.

Their influence on the development of a Style will no doubt come in due course to the attention of Herr Dr. ”88 Again, many of Aiken’s audience of fellow contributors – not to mention his readers – would have had no idea what he was talking about: who might “Herr Dr. Krapp” be exactly? As it turns out, we are he: academic scholars who are only now uncovering these poems to give them critical attention. Eliot writes a bawdy parergon to his poems, and then laughs at us for considering it, embracing us into the fold of humor and titillation as its newest objects of satire.

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