In fact, as I discovered when researching the topic for a paper, I
realized that the specific links of Hesse's text to hysteria and to the
notion of a new kind of human have really not been discussed at all.
And as I have been rereading criticism for the past three months, I can
tell you its not there.
The simple fact of Eliot's source is not the point.
>>> Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> 08/12/07 4:09 AM >>>
I received it. It seemed to me to be stating a point that has
been so well made in the criticism, that it didn't seem to need comment.
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Subject: Re: "Present Decay of Eastern Europe"?
> I seem to have sent this to myself, and I wondered why no one picked
> on it. Hesse's text and Eliot's reaction to is are not only
> interesting, but, I think, significant in reading TWL.
> >>> Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> 08/07/07 11:05 AM >>>
> He uses that phrase to refer to Hermann Hesse's Blick ins Chaos. If
> read Hesse's text, you see that it is about the notion that the
> man (sic) is changing and that the "new man" is the Russian and
> one who is not rational and modern but may, like Dmitri Karamozoff, be
> saint or a madman. I did a paper on this and am distressed that it
> seems lost in a shift of computers, but I want to try to find a paper
> copy. Anyway, I think it is one of many images of hysteria.
> Eliot was immensely impressed by Hesse's argument, so much so that he
> excerpted it in the first issue of Criterion.
> >>> Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> 08/07/07 10:45 AM >>>
> Eliot lists this as one of the three themes in the "first part of Part
> V." Does anyone know of any writings by Eliot which specify this -- or
> can we take "decay" as a euphemism for the Russian Revolution?
> It is interesting (assuming the Revolution is meant) how he is able to
> have one narrative apply to both that revolution and the arrest and
> trial of Christ: Prison and palace and reverberations.
> P.S. There were those who opposed the slaughter of WWI: Debsian
> Socialists, the IWW, & William Jennings Bryan in the U.S.; Irish
> revolutionaries; Bertrand Russell; Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht;
> Lenin & the Bolsheviks. The real heroes of that war. Bryan should be
> remembered for that act rather than for the farce of the Scopes trial.
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