Trauma, Transcendence, and Trust

Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Eliot Thinking Loss

  • Authors
  • Thomas J. Brennan

Part of the Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters book series (19CMLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Thomas J. Brennan
    Pages 1-32
  3. Thomas J. Brennan
    Pages 119-162
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 177-206

About this book


Thomas Brennan 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.


George Eliot Tennyson William Wordsworth Wordsworth

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