T.S. Eliot Materialized: Literal Meaning and Embodied Truth (Hardback)
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T.S. Eliot Materialized: Literal Meaning and Embodied Truth (Hardback)

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Hardback 71 Pages / Published: 30/10/2012
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By reading T.S. Eliot literally and laterally, and attending to his intra-textuality, G. Douglas Atkins challenges the familiar notion of Eliot as bent on escaping this world for the spiritual. This study culminates in the necessary, but seemingly impossible, union of reading and writing, literature and commentary.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137301314
Number of pages: 71
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 8 mm


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"In this slim volume focusing on T. S. Eliot's poems in Ash-Wednesday and Four Quartets, Atkins proposes first to challenge the 'deep' reading of Eliot that finds meaning buried beneath symbols, and second, to refute the claim that Eliot is an idealist seeking to transcend the material world. In place of the so-called deep reading, Atkins offers both a 'lateral' reading (i.e., reading a particular poem alongside other work by that author) and a 'literal' reading, which purports to take 'the plain meaning of the words' as Eliot's intended meaning. Although he concedes at points that this plain meaning can be perplexing or enigmatic, he insists that when read literally, both Ash-Wednesday and Four Quartets pivot on the figure of the Incarnation - the central mystery of Christianity . . . this is a provocative argument, and the point Atkins makes regarding Eliot's idealism is persuasive. Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice

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