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ENGL365 Lecture 15: 20-10-14

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Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 365
Professor
Glenn Willmott
Lecture
15

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ENGL365
20 October 2014
T.S. Eliot: Poetry as Myth, Poet as Witch Doctor
"War-Paint and Feathers" essay
osatirizing romantic primitivism; deconstructing the cliche of the noble savage; the
"natural, innocent being"
the uncivilized world
humans compared to primitive organisms
onot purely negative
does not believe in romanticized noble savage; be more scientific in
order to understand realistic primitivism
othe medicine man and his works: healing, spirituality, healing/ritual
poetry to learn from this focus on tribal life
oEliot exposed to Hellenists; seeking to reinvent literature/poetry to have ritual
function rather than a leisurely one
o positive interest in his own version of primitivism: "study of other cultures can re-
vivify contemporary literature/culture/modern art" -- bringing art back to life as if it
had died -- ritual of renewal from the wasteland
oessay riddled with contradiction
holding hierarchical view of Western man over primitive man, yet also
maintains this tribal man is more morally/spiritually alive than this modern
man
primitivism in different forms
Frazer's The Golden Bough
oannual rituals of fertility; celebration (symbolically) of reviving life/land
ocalling forth of life principle from underworld; love goddess moving between two
worlds -- life being drawn from death itself
oritual killing of personified God; sacrificial figure
"Ulysses, Order, and Myth" essay
onovel no longer possible in modern age
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ENGL365 20 October 2014 T.S. Eliot: Poetry as Myth, Poet as Witch Doctor − "War-Paint and Feathers" essay o satirizing romantic primitivism; deconstructing the cliche of the noble savage; the "natural, innocent being"  the uncivilized world  humans compared to primitive organisms o not purely negative  does not believe in romanticized noble savage; be more scientific in order to understand realistic primitivism o the medicine man and his works: healing, spirituality, healing/ritual  poetry to learn from this focus on tribal life o Eliot exposed to Hellenists; seeking to reinvent literature/poetry to have ritual function rather than a leisurely one o positive interest in his own version of primitivism: "study of other cultures can re- vivify contemporary literature/culture/modern art" -- bringing art back to life as if it
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