McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
T.S. Eliot, History, Tradition, Alienation, Duration, Time, Bergson, Historical Sense
In this dissertation, I argue that T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land marshals his account of historical sense as a response to the problem of alienation in modernity. Eliot’s historical sense depends upon an awareness of the endurance of the past, demanding a reorientation to the structure of temporality. I interrogate the temporal ramifications of Eliot’s account, arguing that it resonates with Henri Bergson’s durational theory of time. I ultimately investigate Eliot’s relationship to Bergson, suggesting that Eliot intervenes in the Bergsonian framework by establishing duration as a cultural, rather than individual or ontological, reality.
Ball, T. (2021). Cultivating Eliot's Historical Sense: Eliotic Time and The Waste Land's Response to Alienation (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1960
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