T.S. Eliot - The Waste Land (Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism) (Paperback)

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In this Readers' Guide, Nick Selby brings together some of the most important critical writings about The Waste Land and provides a clear discussion of their place within the development of critical theory from modernism to postmodernism. The Guide begins with early reviews and discussions from the 1920s and 30s, considered alongside Eliot's own critical essays, showing how he set the critical terms by which his poem has been read. Moving on to examine the ways in which the poem became accepted as a literary classic, the Guide then looks at 'New Critical' and 'Formalist' readings. The final chapters examine radical reassessments of the poem that have taken place in recent criticism, drawing upon 'deconstructive' readings that challenge The Waste Land's assumed cultural power by looking at it in the light of Marxist, feminist, psychoanalytical and cultural materialist reading practices.

About the Author

NICK SELBY is Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781840460391
ISBN-10: 1840460393
Publisher: Red Globe Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 1999
Pages: 185
Language: English
Series: Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism