TS Eliot

ENGLISH 390S-1.02

The main purpose of this course is to facilitate a better understanding of the writings of  T. S. Eliot. Although our central focus will be a close study of his poems, particularly such landmark works as “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock,” The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash-Wednesday, and Four Quartets, we will also consider Eliot’s substantial body of  literary/cultural criticism, which helped effect a revolution in 20th century literature.  In this connection, Eliot’s network of friends and associates  will also merit some attention--people such as Ezra Pound,  Bertrand Russell, James Joyce, and William Butler Yeats,   So far as time permits, we will also consider Eliot’s career as a playwright.  Requirements will include two term papers of 5-7 pages, two or three hour exams (no three-hour final exam), and some  research micro-assignments for class discussion.