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

Overview

Bringing together scholars from a wide range of critical approaches, this collection studies T.S. Eliot's engagement with desire, homoeroticism and feminism in his poetry, prose and drama. In particular, it illuminates the influence of Eliot's poet mother; the dynamic of homosexuality in his work; his poetic identification with passive desire; and his reception by female academics from the early twentieth century to the present. The book will be essential reading for students of Eliot and Modernism, as well as of...

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Overview

Bringing together scholars from a wide range of critical approaches, this collection studies T.S. Eliot's engagement with desire, homoeroticism and feminism in his poetry, prose and drama. In particular, it illuminates the influence of Eliot's poet mother; the dynamic of homosexuality in his work; his poetic identification with passive desire; and his reception by female academics from the early twentieth century to the present. The book will be essential reading for students of Eliot and Modernism, as well as of queer theory and gender studies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The essays in this collection...work remarkably well as a single book." - English Literature in Transition, Leonard Diepeveen, Dalhousie University

"While successfully gathering multiple fresh perspectives on the dynamic and complex modernity of Eiliot, this essay collection also offers the reader a remarkably thorough account of the trajectory of Eliot criticism." Kelley Lewis, Dalhousie University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521039468
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/18/2007
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,055,726
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Cassandra Laity is Associate Professor of English at Drew University and author of H.D. and the Victorian Fin de Siècle (0521 554144).

Nancy K. Gish is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Southern Maine.

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Table of Contents

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 Däumer; Index.

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