Show simple item record

Files in this item


Item metadata

dc.contributor.authorLevina, Jurate
dc.identifier.citationLevina , J 2013 , ' Speaking the unnameable : A phenomenology of sense in T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets ' , Journal of Modern Literature , vol. 36 , no. 3 , pp. 194-211 .en
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 29033783
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: cc822231-dce8-4bc2-a7cd-421a42d2006d
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84894131423
dc.description.abstractThrough its ostensibly philosophical rhetoric and multiple allusions, Four Quartets manifests a continuity between Eliot’s poetic thought and his early engagement with philosophy. The thematic core of this continuity is Eliot’s concern with the meaningful experience of reality, described as equally dependent on direct perception and on linguistic structure: language shapes perception into a meaningful world-vision, while experience itself is an ongoing process of interpreting (or signifying) that which is perceived. This link empowers poetic language, entangling the reading consciousness in a process to which Husserl’s descriptions of consciousness refer as “sense-giving.” Four Quartets epitomizes both the phenomenological description and the poetic enactment of meaningful experience. Its opening movement both mimics the structure of experienced reality and keeps the reading eye in the process of making sense in its full complexity, involving all faculties of apprehending reality, from the metaphysical logo-centric systems underlying conceptual understanding of the world to the direct sensuous perception of immediate environment.
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Modern Literatureen
dc.rights© 2013. Indiana University Press. This article was published as Levina, J. (2013) ‘Speaking the Unnamable: A Phenomenology of Sense in T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets’, Journal of Modern Literature, Vol 36 (3), pp. 194-211. No part of this article may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or distributed, in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photographic, or otherwise, without the prior permission of Indiana University Press. For educational re-use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center For all other permissions, please visit Indiana University Press'
dc.subjectT. S. Elioten
dc.subjectEdmund Husserlen
dc.subjectPS American literatureen
dc.subjectB Philosophy (General)en
dc.titleSpeaking the unnameable : A phenomenology of sense in T. S. Eliot's Four Quartetsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Englishen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record