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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 269–292.
Published: 01 September 2021
... of modern life. This essay studies the peculiar convergence of these contradictory movements in The Waste Land . The article provides a full account of Eliot’s postwar engagement with dadaism and classicism before examining the influence of each movement on The Waste Land . Walter Benjamin’s theory...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (1): 104–109.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Gail McDonald Young Eliot: From St. Louis to “The Waste Land,” by Crawford Robert . London : Jonathan Cape , 2015 . 493 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2016 “T. S. Eliot did not want his biography written,” Robert Crawford admits in the introduction to Young Eliot...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 431–454.
Published: 01 December 2021
...Jeffrey Blevins Are T. S. Eliot’s notes on The Waste Land a scholarly resource or a literary hoax? This oft-repeated question gets to the heart of the poem, which thrives on its allusions, whether seriously or cynically. However, scholars have largely passed over the notes’ (and the poem’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 413–448.
Published: 01 December 2018
... intellectual, artistic, and personal development. As Eliot moves from analytic philosophy in his doctoral dissertation through the philosophically invested poetry that culminates in The Waste Land (1922) and, finally, to the autobiographical and participatory idiom of Four Quartets (1943), his work...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 431–462.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Frances Dickey The over one thousand letters from T. S. Eliot to Emily Hale, opened to the public on January 2, 2020, reveal the poet’s emotional and creative dependence on Hale and illuminate the meanings of “Gerontion,” The Waste Land , Ash-Wednesday , “Landscapes,” Murder in the Cathedral , Four...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (2): 193–218.
Published: 01 June 2003
.... Shortly after The Waste Land was published, the introspective poet, who had struggled for years to write it between bouts of exhaustion, nervous collapse, and fi­ nancial uncertainty, established himself as a highly respected public fig­ ure with an ultraconservative image. One of the major...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): 279–285.
Published: 01 June 2009
... this poem, or any of the poems written after Eliot’s conversion. In fact, he sometimes refers to “Eliot” as if he were a fixed and final monolith, and his whole career—pre- and post-Christian—were uniformly one. Oser’s 280 Review Eliot, however, is the poet of “Gerontion” and The Waste Land...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (1): 71–91.
Published: 01 March 2010
... seriously at the end of the twenties as an important modernist poet. Like T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, the ur-poem of modernism, Sitwell’s long poem combines dense and obscure language with a bleak picture of modern London. “Gold Coast Customs” is set first in the African region of its title...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 513–519.
Published: 01 December 2020
... offers graceful readings of pandemic traces in three canonical modernist works: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (1925), T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922), and W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming” (1919). In true modernist style, her readings make new again Woolf’s narrative texture, Eliot’s fragments...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (1): 115–127.
Published: 01 March 2008
.... Modernism and the Culture of Market Society reads Wyndham Lewis’s Tan, Eliot’s The Waste Land, and Joyce’s Ulysses in depth. These read­ ings come last, in the book’s final third, with the first part of the book a theorization of market society and the second part an intense look at nineteenth...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (4): 504–511.
Published: 01 December 2005
... during the war for a poetry evening arranged by the Queen Mother, who was solicitous of her daughters’ education. The somber poet showed up and began reading through The Waste Land to his baffled listeners. First the children, then even the Queen and King tried unsuccessfully to suppress...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (1): 100–115.
Published: 01 March 2002
... to find ways to successfully work and play in the face of daily assaults on our global ecology. In modernist descriptions of place, particularly those written in the wake of The Waste Land, it is possible to find socially and ecologically responsible play that erupts...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 228–236.
Published: 01 June 2017
... discusses The Waste Land and its drafts, Sherry twice (269, 272) identifies Eliot’s reference to the color green as a reference to Wilde because of Wilde’s famous green carnation, but there is nothing in Eliot’s passages beyond the color to support the link. No convincing interpretive point emerges...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 414–420.
Published: 01 September 2007
... or sexualities. Jewel Spears Brooker’s “Mimetic Desire and the R eturn to Origins in The Waste Land” contextualizes Eliot’s interest in “origins” w ith con­ temporaneous studies o f religion, myth, ritual, and art by scholars such as James G. Frazer and Jane Harrison. Eliot’s participation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (4): 434–452.
Published: 01 December 2000
... indebted to Eliot’s The Waste Land. Throughout “Hiroshima,” Hersey juxtaposes im­ ages of fire, death, and desolation with images of water and rebirth. How­ ever, as in Eliot’s poem, they do not evoke the natural life-death-rebirth cycle of the Fisher King myth (one of the primary sources...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 619–656.
Published: 01 December 2013
...” makes his publishing debut as purported author of “Song to the Opherian,” Eliot is drafting The Waste Land.15 Revising a scene involving drunken undergraduates, Eliot tries out nicknames in the draft’s margins, including “Heinie Krutzsch.” (“Heinie,” short for Heinrich, was a common, post-WWI...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (4): 421–441.
Published: 01 December 2007
... have remarked that these quotations are “integrated” or “assimi­ lated” (Traversi 89) rather than “twisted” into a “clash” with their original meanings like the allusions of The Waste Land (Gardner 30). And the for­ mal unity of the Quartets’ imagery and structure, their very apparent craft...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (1): 31–56.
Published: 01 March 2021
... provided a model for Anglophone modernism (1984: 129). 13 Here is a translation: Reverdy succeeds in restoring to things their real name, in abolishing the eternal dead weight of symbolism and allegory, which is excessive in the authors I have named. In Eliot’s The Waste Land , the real world...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (3): 360–387.
Published: 01 September 2003
..., a brilliant self-deception . . . ?” and in the next breath she wonders whether modern “scientific power” can be reconciled with the traditional wisdom of this apparently dubious civiliza­ tion (42). Butts credits the publication of Eliot’s The Waste Land with causing her and others to begin...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (3): 407–430.
Published: 01 September 2001
... to link literary tradition with contemporary experience. Joyce’s Ulysses, Eliot’s The Waste Land, Pound’s Cantos, and H.D.’s poetry all jux­ tapose quotidian experience with a rich (if fragmented and problemat­ ic) literary tradition. Literary modernism can be seen as a series of struggles to place...