[Msa-discuss] critical debates on T.S. Eliot

Chinitz, David Dchinit at luc.edu
Mon Mar 16 21:23:57 EDT 2015


Dear Tamar,

Here's a quick, off-the-top-of-the-head list:

"impersonality" in art (or not)
sexuality and gender
modernist little magazines
defining "culture"
the high culture/low culture binary
religion, esp. Christianity, in modernism
influence (or appropriation?) of Eastern religions and metaphysics
cosmopolitanism, expatriation, exile
anti-Semitism, and race more broadly
modernist anti-Romanticism (or not)
the idea of Europe

The student might find A Companion to T. S. Eliot (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), which I edited, helpful on these issues. The chapter bibliographies would also point the student to solid further readings. http://www.amazon.com/A-Companion-T-S-Eliot/dp/1118647092

Best,
David Chinitz

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Subject: [Msa-discuss] critical debates on T.S. Eliot

Dear MSA discussion folks,

A student preparing for his fields (in another literature department) has asked me what the major critical debates over T.S. Eliot have been. I'm not a poetry specialist, so I wondered whether modernist poetry experts could suggest a cluster of topics or critics or essays. I gather that the debate doesn't have to be especially recent.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Best,
Tamar Katz
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