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

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

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Cassandra Laity, Colleen Lamos, Tim Dean, Michele Tepper, Peter Middleton, Nancy K. Gish, Jewel Spears Brooker, Charles Altieri, Gail McDonald, Richard Badenhausen, Rachel Potter, Elisabeth Däumer
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  • Date Published: November 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521806886

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  • 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.

    • A collection of essays exploring T. S. Eliot's engagement with homosexuality, gender, feminism and desire
    • Includes essays by established and younger Eliot scholars with a wide range of approaches and interests including cultural studies, psychoanalysis and queer theory
    • Sheds light on the influence of Eliot's mother and of the early twentieth-century 'New Woman' on his work, as well as his reception by female critics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The essays in this 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

    • Date Published: November 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521806886
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 161 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.592kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Editors

    Cassandra Laity, Drew University, New Jersey
    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, University of Southern Maine
    Nancy K. Gish is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Southern Maine.


    Cassandra Laity, Colleen Lamos, Tim Dean, Michele Tepper, Peter Middleton, Nancy K. Gish, Jewel Spears Brooker, Charles Altieri, Gail McDonald, Richard Badenhausen, Rachel Potter, Elisabeth Däumer

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