Being extremely aware, and being sensitive, are not the same thing.
Do I detect some professional envy?
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Subject: Re: Interview with Robert Harrison: or, what more could one want than a weekly literary talk show with an expert as host?
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It would not be possible to be an Eliot scholar and not be extremely aware of the Dante influence--or, of course, that he was culturally Christian growing up. These facts are unavoidable and no one questions their significance. It has nothing to do with whether one prefers early or late poetry and it is not a matter of skewing one's readings to pretend he wasn't. But as an undergraduate he did consider becoming a Buddhist, and he was not actively engaged in being Christian in the later sense.
On the first, in the new book on The International Reception of T. S. Eliot there is a very fascinating article by Stefan Maria Casella on Eliot in Italy for those who are interested in this issue.
On the second, it is impossible to read Eliot at all without seeing how the poetry changed after the conversion.
>>> Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> 4/14/2009 12:26 AM >>>
If you're an Eliot scholar who is sensitive to the Dante
influebce, and it was BIG in Eliot even though it gets
mentioned precious little on this list, you may be interested
in the preeminent US scholar, Robert Harrison, and
what he has to say in this podcast.
If you want to hear more of Robert Harrison, you can go to his podcast site:
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Robert Harrison is the Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature at Stanford University and is Chair of the Department of French and Italian, where he has been since 1985. He was trained as a Dantista at Cornell University where he received his Ph.D. in Romance Studies in 1984. His latest book is Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition, and his other publications include The Body of Beatrice, Forests: The Shadow of Civilization, and The Dominion of the Dead....."