T. S. Eliot, Dante, and the Idea of Europe
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T. S. Eliot’s response to Dante includes aesthetic, philosophical, and religious convictions, his formative influence upon literary modernism’s “classicism,” and his desire to promote European unity. The book’s deals with Eliot’s engagement through Dante with concepts of immediate experience, primary consciousness, and “unified sensibility,” as well as with Hindu-Buddhist and Christian themes and motifs. The book also deals with Eliot as a modernist writer, asking how Dante influenced Eliot, and through Eliot many other writers. Dante’s importance to Eliot’s promotion of an “idea of Europe” is related to his notion of “tradition.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing