Trauma, Transcendence, and Trust: Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Eliot Thinking Loss by T. BrennanTrauma, Transcendence, and Trust: Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Eliot Thinking Loss by T. Brennan

Trauma, Transcendence, and Trust: Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Eliot Thinking Loss

byT. Brennan

Hardcover | January 27, 2011

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In the wake of psychoanalysis and the birth of therapy, trauma is a powerful concept in twenty-first century culture.  Thomas J. Brennan, S.J. finds roots of the "sensibility of trauma" by returning to the work of Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Eliot.  By reading these poets of mourning through the framework of trauma, Brennan reflects on our traumatized moment and weighs two potential responses—the fantasy of transcendence and the ethic of trust.

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Thomas J. Brennan, S.J. is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University.
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Title:Trauma, Transcendence, and Trust: Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Eliot Thinking LossFormat:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:January 27, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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Introduction: Traumatized Trust * Gazes of Trauma, Spots of Trust: Wordsworth’s Memorials in The Prelude * “Wound” in the “Living Soul”: Tennyson’s In Memoriam * Castrated Referentiality: Eliot’s The Waste Land * Epilogue: “The Tone We Trusted Most”: James Merrill’s The Book of Ephraim