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Reparative reading, post-structuralist Hermeneutics and T. S. Eliot's four quartets

  • This essay approaches T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets (1935-1942) from the perspectives of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's critical practice of reparative reading and of Paul Ricoeur's poststructuralist hermeneutics. It demonstrates that Sedgwick's and Ricoeur's approaches can be productively combined to investigate hermeneutic processes in which the textual energy of a dissemination of meaning is redirected by a reparative or integrative impulse. In Four Quartets, this impetus induces the creation of semantic innovation through a violation of semantic pertinence, that is, through novel, tensional and provisional connections between formerly separate textual elements and semantic units.

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Author:Katrin Röder
ISSN:0340-5222 (print)
ISSN:1865-8938 (online)
Parent Title (English):Anglia : journal of English philology
Publisher:De Gruyter
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2014
Year of Completion:2014
Release Date:2017/03/27
First Page:58
Last Page:77
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Peer Review:Referiert
Notes extern:Zweitveröffentlichung in der Schriftenreihe Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe ; 115