A Companion to T. S. Eliot
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Reflecting the surge of critical interest in Eliot renewed in recent years, A Companion to T.S. Eliot introduces the 'new' Eliot to readers and educators by examining the full body of his works and career. Leading scholars in the field provide a fresh and fully comprehensive collection of contextual and critical essays on his life and achievement. It compiles the most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment available of Eliot's work and career It explores the powerful forces that shaped Eliot as a writer and thinker, analyzing his body of work and assessing his oeuvre in a variety of contexts: historical, cultural, social, and philosophical It charts the surge in critical interest in T.S. Eliot since the early 1990s It provides an illuminating insight into a poet, writer, and critic who continues to define the literary landscape of the last century
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  • Hardback | 502 pages
  • 173 x 252 x 43mm | 998g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1405162376
  • 9781405162371
  • 1,758,706

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Critical attention to T. S. Eliot's works and career has surged since the early 1990s. Innovative scholarship on philosophy, gender, sexuality, and popular culture in his work, as well as renewed controversy over his politics and prejudices, attests to fresh interest in this modernist icon. At the same time, after one of the most successful runs in history, the curtain finally came down on the London and New York production of Cats (for which Eliot was posthumously awarded a Tony); Inventions of the March Hare, a fascinating collection of early poems that had been lost for decades, was finally published; and Time magazine named Eliot "Poet of the Century".

A Companion to T. S. Eliot introduces a new generation of readers and educators to Eliot and covers the full breadth of his literary career. The text explores the powerful forces that shaped Eliot as a writer and thinker, analyzes his body of work, and assesses his oeuvre in a variety of contexts: historical, cultural, social, and intellectual. The result is an analytical portrait of T. S. Eliot observed through contemporary eyes by leading Eliot scholars - providing illuminating insight into a poet, writer, and critic who continues to define the literary landscape of the last century.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors viii Preface xiv Acknowledgments xvi Abbreviations Used for Works by T. S. Eliot xvii Part I : Infl uences 1 1 The Poet and the Pressure Chamber: Eliot's Life 3 Anthony Cuda 2 Eliot's Ghosts: Tradition and its Transformations 15 Sanford Schwartz 3 T. S. Eliot and the Symbolist City 27 Barry J. Faulk 4 Not One, Not Two: Eliot and Buddhism 40 Christina Hauck 5 Yes and No: Eliot and Western Philosophy 53 Jewel Spears Brooker 6 A Vast Wasteland? Eliot and Popular Culture 66 David E. Chinitz 7 Mind, Myth, and Culture: Eliot and Anthropology 79 Marc Manganaro 8 "Where are the eagles and the trumpets?": Imperial Decline and Eliot's Development 91 Vincent Sherry Part II : Works 105 9 Searching for the Early Eliot: Inventions of the March Hare 107 Jayme Stayer 10 Prufrock and Other Observations : A Walking Tour 120 Frances Dickey 11 Disambivalent Quatrains 133 Jeffrey M. Perl 12 "Gerontion": The Mind of Postwar Europe and the Mind(s) of Eliot 145 Edward Brunner 13 "Fishing, with the arid plain behind me": Diffi culty, Deferral, and Form in The Waste Land 157 Michael Coyle 14 The Enigma of "The Hollow Men" 168 Elisabeth Daumer 15 Sweeney Agonistes : A Sensational Snarl 179 Christine Buttram 16 "Having to construct": Dissembly Lines in the "Ariel" Poems and Ash-Wednesday 191 Tony Sharpe 17 "The inexplicable mystery of sound": Coriolan , Minor Poems, Occasional Verses 204 Gareth Reeves 18 Coming to Terms with Four Quartets 216 Lee Oser 19 "Away we go": Poetry and Play in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats 228 Sarah Bay-Cheng 20 Eliot's 1930s Plays: The Rock, Murder in the Cathedral , and The Family Reunion 239 Randy Malamud 21 Eliot's "Divine" Comedies: The Cocktail Party, The Confidential Clerk , and The Elder Statesman 251 Carol H. Smith 22 Taking Literature Seriously : Essays to 1927 263 Leonard Diepeveen 23 He Do the Critic in Different Voices: The Literary Essays after 1927 275 Richard Badenhausen 24 In Times of Emergency: Eliot's Social Criticism 287 John Xiros Cooper Part III : Contexts 299 25 Eliot's Poetics: Classicism and Histrionics 301 Lawrence Rainey 26 T. S. Eliot and Something Called Modernism 311 Ann Ardis 27 Confl ict and Concealment: Eliot's Approach to Women and Gender 323 Cyrena Pondrom 28 Eliot and "Race": Jews, Irish, and Blacks 335 Bryan Cheyette 29 "The pleasures of higher vices": Sexuality in Eliot's Work 350 Patrick Query 30 "An occupation for the saint": Eliot as a Religious Thinker 363 Kevin J. H. Dettmar 31 Eliot's Politics 376 Michael Levenson 32 Keeping Critical Thought Alive: Eliot's Editorship of the Criterion 388 Jason Harding 33 Making Modernism: Eliot as Publisher 399 John Timberman Newcomb 34 Eliot and the New Critics 411 Gail McDonald 35 "T. S. Eliot rates socko!": Modernism, Obituary, and Celebrity 423 Aaron Jaffe 36 Eliot's Critical Reception: "The quintessence of twenty-fi rst-century poetry" 436 Nancy K. Gish 37 Radical Innovation and Pervasive Infl uence: The Waste Land 449 James Longenbach Bibliography of Works by T. S. Eliot 460 Index 463
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"As a resource for both scholars and students the book is verystrong, and stand-out contributions come from John Xiros Cooper, onEliot s social critiques (pp. 287-97), and John Timberman Newcomb sreconsideration of Eliot s influence as an editor (pp. 399-410), inwhich he notes the sometimes overlooked role Eliot played not onlyin British modernism but also, with Pound, in shaping the publicface of the likes of Oppen, Louis Zukofsky, and Marianne Moore. Thecollection as a whole, finely edited by Chinitz, will be anecessary reference for students." (Ywes, 28 August 2011)
"The articles are fully informative, readable andstimulating. There are mostly free of unnecessary abstractionand of trendy jargon. Students, teachers and all readersinterested in literature and poetry will enjoy-and benefits from-this companion." ( Emerald , November 2010)

"A Companion to T. S. Eliot is a necessity for anycollege or university library and a worthwhile investment for yourpersonal library. You will use it and reuse it, and you llencourage your students to do the same. If Eliot s criticisminfluenced so much of what came after him, let s hope this volumeinfluences literary scholarship as it s practiced today, inspiringus to teach instead of dazzle, to value quality over quantity, andto "reduce, reuse, and recycle" in order to produce a moresustaining and sustainable body of criticism." ( DavidsonCollege , Summer 2010)

"This Contextual Encyclopedia is a superb introduction to thewealth and diversity of world literature for school andstudents-both within and beyond the US-and for the reader."( Reference Reviews, April 2010)
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"The articles are fully informative, readable and stimulating. There are mostly free of unnecessary abstraction and of trendy jargon. Students, teachers and all readers interested in literature and poetry will enjoy-and benefits from- this companion." (Emerald, November 2010) "A Companion to T. S. Eliot is a necessity for any college or university library and a worthwhile investment for your personal library. You will use it and reuse it, and you'll encourage your students to do the same. If Eliot's criticism influenced so much of what came after him, let's hope this volume influences literary scholarship as it's practiced today, inspiring us to teach instead of dazzle, to value quality over quantity, and to "reduce, reuse, and recycle" in order to produce a more sustaining and sustainable body of criticism." (Davidson College, Summer 2010) "This Contextual Encyclopedia is a superb introduction to the wealth and diversity of world literature for school and students-both within and beyond the US-and for the reader." (Reference Reviews, April 2010)
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About David E. Chinitz

David E. Chinitz , Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago, is the author of T. S. Eliot and the Cultural Divide (2003) and of numerous articles. He is currently vice president of the T. S. Eliot Society and chair for interdisciplinary approaches of the Modernist Studies Association.
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