Thomas J. Brennan, S.J. is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University.
Series : Nineteenth Century Major Lives and Letters
Trauma, Transcendence, and Trust
: Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Eliot Thinking Loss
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.<
Thomas J. Brennan, S.J. is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University.<
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