Drawing on the latest developments in scholarship and criticism, The New Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot opens up fresh avenues of appreciation and inquiry to a global twenty-first century readership. Emphasizing major works and critical issues, this collection of newly commissioned essays from leading international scholars provides seven full chapters reassessing Eliot's poetry and drama; explores important contemporary critical issues that were previously untreated, such as the significance of gender and sexuality; and challenges received accounts of his at times controversial critical reception. Complete with a chronology of Eliot's life and work and an up-to-date select bibliography, this authoritative and accessible introduction to Eliot's complete oeuvre will be an essential resource for students.
Table of Contents
1. Unravelling Eliot Jason Harding; 2. Eliot: form and allusion Michael O'Neill; 3. Prufrock and Other Observations Anne Stillman; 4. Banishing the backward devils: Eliot's quatrain poems and 'Gerontion' Rick de Villiers; 5. With automatic hand: The Waste Land Lawrence Rainey; 6. 'Let these words answer': Ash-Wednesday and the Ariel poems Sarah Kennedy; 7. Four Quartets Steve Ellis; 8. 'A precise way of thinking and feeling': Eliot and verse drama Anthony Cuda; 9. T. S. Eliot as literary critic Helen Thaventhiran; 10. T. S. Eliot's social criticism John Xiros Cooper; 11. Gender and sexuality Gail McDonald; 12. Eliot's philosophical studies: Bergson, Frazer, Bradley Jewel Spears Brooker; 13. Anglo-Catholic in religion: T. S. Eliot and Christianity Barry Spurr.