Durham: Late Summer Lecture 4:
September 09, 2015 at Alington House in Durham [UK].
T.S. Eliot and the Anthropology of the Primitive
Duygu Senocak analyses anthropology as a source of T.S. Eliot’s poetry in our fourth Late Summer Lecture. Wine and nibbles will be provided, and all are welcome to attend.
This lecture examines the modernist interest in the so-called “primitive” culture as well as Eliot’s anthropological influences before demonstrating how Eliot formed his own theories about “primitive mentality” in the light of the findings and deficiencies in ethnographic studies of his time. This lecture argues that Eliot’s intellectual input, particularly his attempt to make a conjunction between primitive mysticism and poetry, bears a greater affinity with the mid-twentieth century anthropologies of Ernst Cassirer and Claude Lévi-Strauss