T.S. Eliot, poetry, and earth : the name of the lotos rose / Etienne Terblanche
- Terblanche, Etienne, 1964-
- Additional Titles:
- Name of the lotos rose
- Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, 
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- Physical Description:
- viii, 221 pages ; 24 cm.
- Ecocritical theory and practice
- Introduction: T.S. Eliot, Nature Poet? -- Rock Solid Proof, Or: The Matter with Prufrock -- Dislocation: Dearth, Desert, and Global Warming -- Location: Mandalic Structure in The Waste Land -- Immersion: The Authentic Jellyfish, the True Church, and the Hippopotamus -- Dissolving: The Name of the Lotos Rose -- Bad Orientalism: Eliot, Edward Said, and the Moha -- The Tyrannies of Differentiation: Eliot, New Materialism, and "Infinite Semiosis" -- Conclusion: Where does the Truth of New Materialism Lie? A Response Based on Eliot's Poetry.
- "T. S. Eliot enjoyed a profound relationship with Earth. Etienne Terblanche demonstrates that Eliot presents Earth as a process in which humans immerse themselves. The Waste Land and Four Quartets in particular re-locate the modern reader towards mindfulness of Earth's continuation as a process in which one participates. These findings, based on careful reading of the poems, allows the book to venture into ecocritical terrain, focusing on the recent advent of new materialism as a microcosm of the ecocriticism, building on and/or critiquing the work of Edward Said, Jacques Derrida, Gary Snyder, Jane Bennett, and others. Here the argument delves into important questions about the relative crisis within ecocriticism to which Eliot's poetry may well give a certain direction. His poetry uses indirectness and skepticism as avenues into directness and affirmation of earthly being and non-being, speaking to the ways in which new materialism places ecocriticism between fairly drastic material skepticism based on the linguistic and affirmation of earthly agency. Should new materialism continue to clamor towards the linguistic turn? Should it perpetuate the twin legacies of culture studies that avoid actual analysis in response to the real presence of great art and poststructuralist infinite differentiation that undermines not only real poetic presence, but also that of an agentic Earth? The argument seeks answers to these questions from the eco-logos of Eliot's poems, that is, the way in which they orient themselves within Earth's remarkably continuing process. It concludes that his poetic project marks an illuminating instance of the continuing bond between meaningfulness and the primacy of humanity's connections with Earth, providing impetus to ecocriticism's way forward"--
- 9780739189573 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0739189573 (cloth ; alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-210) and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the The Hastings Libraries Endowment; 2016
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