Things that Cling: Marine Attachments in Eliot

Murray, Rachel (2022) Things that Cling: Marine Attachments in Eliot. Journal of Modern Literature, 45 (3). pp. 21-38. ISSN 0022-281X

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T.S. Eliot was captivated by marine life forms, particularly creatures that cling. From the “ragged claws” of ancient crustaceans to the firm foothold of the “delicate algae and the sea anemone,” Eliot’s writing is full of creatures whose instinct is to “ hold on tight” while the sea tosses them about. Eliot’s marine imagery is bound up with his thinking about the enabling possibilities of attachment—an idea that runs counter to his longstanding critical reputation as a poet of detachment. From his early reading of biological texts to his late critical writing, Eliot’s work demonstrates a recurrent interest in attachment that serves to complicate and enrich our understanding of his aesthetics.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Information: Leverhulme Trust, grant number: ECF-2020-575.
Uncontrolled Keywords: T. S. Eliot, marine life, attachment, biology, psychoanalysis
Subjects: Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2022 14:51
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2024 03:30

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