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A crucial fault in Madame de Stael's opinion (potential motives aside) is her lack of regard for the pastness and presence of the past--importantly including Greek and Roman mythology.
Eliot's later formulation of tradition: "the historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence; the historical sense compels a man to write not merely with his own generation in his bones, but with a feeling that the whole of literature .
The insect world seems to be all here and now, present, without any pastness or futurity.
These chapters are nicely attuned not only to the ways in which Shakespeare's language represents matter, time, and history, but to the many non-linguistic ways in which performance might activate, defuse, or make concurrent pastness and futurity, obsolescence and inevitability, and how it might reframe collective hopes or memories.
Likewise, the differences by which one recognizes the mental states of memory and anticipation are taken as following from actual differences of pastness and futureness in the extra-mental world.
37, 37 (1998) ("History, or at least history written according to the conventions of late twentieth century professional historians, with an emphasis on the ways in which the past differed from the present--history as an account of the pastness of the past, as the standard expression goes--enormously complicates the task of legal argument.
The authors define commodity as the experience of a generic pastness, a generalized tender nostalgia.
The myriad student scenes derive from performance assignments dependent upon Shakespeare's canonical place in compulsory schooling, and many are set in a pseudo-Tudor past, replete with vaguely empire-waisted gowns and men in tights, exalting a transhistorical simulacrum of pastness that vitiates the historical specificity that is required for most modes of rigorous analysis.
The pastness of the texts that we interpret demands accommodations of critical approach to negotiate historical differences".
of Western Ontario) investigates the one that relies primarily on creating a visual pastness.
It involves, in the first place, the historical sense, which we may call nearly indispensable to anyone who would continue to be a poet beyond his twenty-fifth year; and the historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence.
The degree of its pastness continually increases" (214).
Rogers cited TS Eliot's essay 'Tradition and the Individual Talent', published in 1919, which stated: 'The historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence.
Richard Taruskin, "The Pastness of the Present and the Presence of the Past," Authenticity and Early Music (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988).
how is historical knowledge conditioned by the pastness of the event?