Topic: "Conceptualizing Tradition: A Revisit to T.S Eliot" Presenter: Prof. Dr. G. Thirupathi Kumar

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Sunday, 12 February, 2017 - 09:00
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Sunday, 12 February, 2017 - 09:00

The  paper “ Conceptualizing Tradition: A Revisit to T.S. Eliot”  is an attempt to re-look at  Eliot’s celebrated essay “ Tradition and Individual Talent” published in 1919. The major strength of his argument is that ‘Tradition in the true sense of the term cannot be inherited, but can only be obtained by hard labour’. While the paper highlights the critic’s contribution to conceptualizing of tradition, it critically evaluates his use of ‘binary oppositions, historical sense, and legislative criticism’. Eliot envisages support for ‘tradition’, but unknowingly centers his arguments on European tradition. He fails to recognize, like many of his contemporaries, the role  Arabic language played for passing on the treasure of Greek knowledge to Europe. His theory of “impersonality” is deeply rooted in the Greek tradition. His negation of ‘individual talent’ is unwarranted, as it is also a part of the Greek Tradition. The paper endeavors to problematize the use  of such  false “ binary oppositions”, and the limit they impose on, otherwise a great idea like “ Tradition”.

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