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Impossible Modernism: T. S. Eliot, Walter Benjamin, and the Critique of Historical Reason

Robert S. Lehman

Abstract

Impossible Modernism reveals in the modernism of T.S. Eliot and Walter Benjamin a shared project: both authors sought to resist the forms of narrating events that had been codified by academic historians during the nineteenth century; and both sought to re-envision the possibilities of historical representation by turning to specifically literary devices. Tracing the fraught relationship between poetry and history back to Aristotle’s Poetics and forward to Nietzsche’s Untimely Meditations, the book begins by establishing the coordinates of the intellectual-historical problem that Eliot and Ben ... More

Keywords: T. S. Eliot, Walter Benjamin, Modernism, Historicism, Philosophy of Time, Aristotle, Marx, Nietzsche, Rhetoric, Poetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804799041
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804799041.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert S. Lehman, author
Boston College

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