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T. S. Eliot and Ideology : Cambridge Studies in American Literature & Culture - Kenneth Asher

T. S. Eliot and Ideology

Cambridge Studies in American Literature & Culture

Hardcover Published: 28th April 1995
ISBN: 9780521452847
Number Of Pages: 212

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Setting out to demonstrate the effect of politics on the work of T. S. Eliot, T. S. Eliot and Ideology charts first of all the influence of French reactionary thinking on Eliot's prose and poetry, and further argues that this political inheritance provided the intellectual framework he employed throughout his career. Asher's concentration on the specifically ideological separates this book from previous works on Eliot, and sheds new light on Eliot's celebrated mid-career conversion to Catholicism. What results is a re-estimation of Eliot's view of literary history and literary theory, and new appraisals of several major poems and plays. Finally, the book discusses at length how Eliot's ideology profoundly influenced the study of literature in the English-speaking world for several decades.

'Elegant and perceptive.' New York Review of Books 'An astute, well-written account of a midwesterner's strange ideological journey through the Old World.' American Literature 'A valuable contribution to the discussion of the politics of modernism and to the ongoing debate about Eliot's political, religious, and social ideals.' Choice

Historical background
The French connection
Orthodoxy and heresy
Architect of a Christian order
Visions and revisions
Eliot and the new criticism
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521452847
ISBN-10: 0521452848
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature & Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 28th April 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48