Your assumption is exactly right. Eliot knew in detail the
psychological meaning of "dissociation," and I can track his use of
it in that sense consistently. I argue in the article that that
becomes an aesthetic issue.
It is in the book Cassandra and I are editing. I'm not sure how soon
it will be out.
Date sent: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 06:53:56 -0600
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From: Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Unified Sensibilty,
dissociation of sensibility etc (was: Auden's limerick about Eliot)
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Your last on this thread seems to be associating TSE's essentially
aesthetic use of the idea dissociation in the phrase "dissociation of
sensibility" with its much different use in the phase "a dissociative
personality"or "dissociation of personality". Since TSE's use was
extended to all poetic work within a literary era and the psychiatric or
psychoanalytic use is individual, not literary and not limited to any
it appears to me that these are mutually exclusive usages. Eliot in
Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry" (see Eliot's preface and Ronald
Schuchard's intro page 10) goes on to associate his ideas with a
wide "disintegration of intellect' in the 19th and 20th century which
attributes to increases in world knowledge. His ideas seem specific to a
developing theory of cultural history.
If my assumptions are correct I would be very interested in a synopsis of
your justification for a linkage. Where are you expecting to publish?