T. S. Eliot: The Modernist in History
The centenary of Eliot’s birth in 1988 provided the salutary occasion for a fresh look at his life and work and a reassessment in light of issues raised by the various critical movements - the new historicism, feminism, reader-reception theory - that have succeeded the New Criticism, loosely subsumable under the rubric post-structuralist. The essays assembled here vary in approach, but they share a commitment to the discipline of history and an awareness that history can function as critique as well as celebration. Several contributors take issue with Eliot’s self-presentation and include documents Eliot chose not to emphasise. Others address topics including the business of producing culture in twentieth-century writing, the impact of self-professed masculinist poetry on women readers and modernism’s social vouchers.
Ronald Bush, Lyndall Gordon, Carol Christ, James Longenbach, John T. Mayer, Lawrence Rainey, A. Walton Litz, Alan Williamson, Michael North