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Title: T.S. Eliot : modernism and the necessity of distance
Author: Dalamitrou, Maria
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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It would only be reasonable for Modernists to invest in ideas of losing, leaving or escaping, as they really did with their own countries. The actual experience of emigration reinforced in them the necessity of distance in order to write. T. S. Eliot dwelled on the idea of distance to form his poetic and critical works. Modern poetry was frequently poetry about poetry. As, in psychoanalysis, the child-mother separation antedates speaking and language, so in Modernism did the necessity of distance facilitate self-referentiality in poetics. Language, as a system, employs the idea of separation betv.-een signifier and signified and presupposes the absence of the thing it refers to. Modern poetry speaks of language, which speaks of desire, which signifies loss, which is the subject's lot in postmodern times. The thesis reads Modernism as a major consequence of large-scale homeleaving and as a tradition of exile. Exile was necessitated by actual circumstances and was replayed in the language of poetry, whenever form was exiled from the traditional artistic conventions. If twentieth century art reached self-referentiality, this was not irrelevant of the fact that twentieth century art was formed mainly by dislocated artists. By thematizing the medium, or language, Modernism showed that loss and the necessity of distance is behind artistic creation
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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