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T.S. Eliot wrote several of the most important poems of the twentieth century. He was also a major critic, a playwright, and a publisher. His work remains a troubling mix of brilliantly subversive “raids on the unconscious” and deeply conservative reactions against modernity. To read Eliot is to encounter other writers—major modernists whom he influenced and published (among them Ezra Pound, H.D., James Joyce, and Djuna Barnes), writers he venerated and ransacked (“mature poets steal,” Eliot wrote), and other artists who informed his sensibility. It is also to encounter the modern world: the city, two world wars, mass culture, and the search for meaning.

In this class we will study Eliot’s major works and read those in his immediate circle and in his field of reference: our reading will open up Eliot’s imagination, and Eliot in turn will open up the culture of modernity.

Taught by Dr. Jeremy Green.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term. 
Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Arts Humanities
Departmental Category: Critical Studies in English