Gender, Desire, and Sexuality in T. S. Eliot

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November 2004



A collection of essays on sexuality, desire and feminism in T. S. Eliot's work.


Acknowledgements; Notes on contributors; Introduction: Eliot, gender and modernity Cassandra Laity; Part I. Homoeroticisms: 1. The love song of T. S. Eliot: elegiac homoeroticism in the early poetry Colleen Lamos; 2. T. S. Eliot, famous clairvoyante Tim Dean; 3. 'Cells in one body': nation and eros in the early work of T. S. Eliot Michele Tepper; 4. The masculinity behind the ghosts of modernism in Eliot's Four Quartets Peter Middleton; Part II. Desire: 5. Discarnate desire: T. S. Eliot and the poetics of dissociation Nancy K. Gish; 6. Mimetic desire and the return to origins in The Waste Land Jewel Spears Brooker; 7. Theorizing emotion in Eliot's poetry and poetics Charles Altieri; Part III. Modern Women: 8. Through schoolhouse windows: women, the academy and T. S. Eliot Gail McDonald; 9. T. S. Eliot speaks the body: the privileging of female discourse in Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party Richard Badenhausen; 10. T. S. Eliot, women and democracy Rachel Potter; 11. Vipers, viragos and spiritual rebels: women in T. S. Eliot's Christian society plays Elisabeth Daumer; Index.


Cassandra Laity is Associate Professor of English at Drew University and author of H.D. and the Victorian Fin de Siecle (0521 554144). Nancy K. Gish is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Southern Maine.


'New Criticism ... is dedicated to professionally structured and articulated expositions of technique at the expense of professionally structured and articulated expositions of social meaning. What Laity means by 'unthinkable merges' is that the professional critic should attempt to bridge the gulf. This is what many of the essays in Laity and Gish's important and useful collection do. Eliot construed as the 'last stronghold' of an antiquated critical tendency is already very near to Eliot construed as a psychoanalytic exemplum of repression - and the methodology of many of the essays harmonizes with this highly suggestive description of their subject ... Peter Middleton, in 'The Masculinity behind the Ghosts of Modernism in Eliot's Four Quartets', offers an ingenious interpretation of Eliot's later poetry which recasts its long acknowledged cultural conservatism in Freudian terms as a failure of mourning ... Charles Altieri's 'Theorizing Emotions in Eliot's Poetry and Politics' sets itself against strong Freudian readings of Eliot, seeking instead to describe and evaluate Eliot's achievement in transforming the emotional content and power of poetry ... I think it is a remarkable and fecund comparison. The essay impressively repositions the critic addressing 'Eliot's sexuality' by asking her to recognize in Eliot's singular transformation of the emotional content of poetry a direct challenge to her own habits of negotiating the desire for authentic self-expression.' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory '... it provides valuable insight for those interested in modernism and gender, and it is absolutely essential reading for scholars of Eliot.' Twentieth Century Literature
EAN: 9780521806886
ISBN: 0521806887
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2004
Seitenanzahl: 280 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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