It depends what you mean by "dissociation." Dissociation is a long-recognized condition once a part of the definition of hysteria. A clear example is the WWI soldiers with hysteria who had functional disorders: blindness, deafness, paralysis, anaesthesia, muteness. These had no organic basis but were--in major psychological diagnoses--the result of trauma. That is why we now call such conditions PTSD. Other forms include somnambulism, waking hallucinations, doubles, derealization, depersonalization. Gerontion's lost senses can be read (I read them as such) as a dissociation of sensation and thought. Such representations are all over Eliot's poetry.
>>> Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> 11/09/07 9:11 PM >>>
Peter Montgomery wrote:
> I've noticed that people don't even say "I think" anymore. It is always "I
> feel", even if the issue totally a dry, intellectual one.
No such thing. One of the results of neuroscience over the last couple
decades is that pure logic is impossible separated from emotion/feeling.
Without an emotional response to, e.g., mathematical induction, you will
be unable to carry out a mathematical induction. See, e.g., Antonio
Damasio, _Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain_. It
also works the other way: feeling is impossible except as attached to a
cognition. You have to intellectually grasp an event before emotional
response is possible.
What Eliot says does not occur in fact cannot _not_ occur. There has
never been a dissociation of sensibility and it is biologically
impossible for there to be one. Except in the case of very severely
brain-damaged patients thought is ALWAYS felt; feeling is ALWAYS
thought. By everyone.