T.S. Eliot, Dante, and the European Tradition: An International Symposium
January 19th - 25th , 2008
  Promoted by:
Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation
Palazzo Coppini Via del Giglio, 10
50123 – Florence (Italy)


Author : Prof. CLAUDIA CORTI

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Claudia Corti (University of Florence)
“T.S. Eliot, Tradition, and Hermeneutics”

Although one might easily select what Eliot’s concept of “Tradition” owes to previous systems of modern(ist) philosophy and aesthetics (Bradley-Hulme-Santayana), what the conceptualization of “Work on Myth”, as was elaborated by the Constance-Münster “Poetik und Hermeneutik” school, owes to Eliot’s “Tradition” seems to me less obvious. My intention is to show how both ideas highlight a process by which tradition – literary, critical, mythical or hermeneutic – can be transformed into an immanent, energetic myth, while myth itself is transmitted and “worked on” by the literary, critical, mythical, and hermeneutic tradition.

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