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T. S. Eliot

A series of publications, conference papers, presentations and monographs related to T.S. Eliot.

Monograph:

Christian Romanticism: T. S. Eliot’s Response to Percy Shelley – Cambria Press (New York), November 2006.

This book presents a reading of T. S. Eliot’s poetry, prose, criticism, and drama, with particular reference to the nature of his response to the influence of Percy Shelley in his own work.

Not just a book on literary criticism, this book is also an insightful study of Eliot’s spiritual life. It focuses on Eliot’s Christian faith and the role it played in molding his responses to the writers who shaped his early works.

Previous studies have ascribed Eliot’s subsequent repudiation of Romantic style and subject matter to a Bloomian ‘anxiety of influence’, and asserted that the highly classical style of his later work was a conscious renunciation of earlier models. This book, however, introduces Eliot’s Christian faith as a means of approaching the issue. In doing so, Peter Lowe opens up a field of Eliot studies not previously explored to the depth it deserves.

Christian Romanticism is a valuable contribution to the field of Eliot studies—it sheds light on a case of poetic influence that has been largely overlooked in previous criticism of arguably the foremost poet of the Twentieth Century.

Articles:

‘Churches Built and Churches Bombed: T. S. Eliot’s Vision of National Loss and Spiritual Renewal.’ in English Studies, 94.8 (December 2013) 1-23.

‘Shelleyan Identity in T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’’ in Romanticism, Vol.15.1 (April 2009) 65-74.

‘Musing on the King’s Wreck: T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land in Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire.’ in Nabokov Online Journal, Vol.2 (2008).

‘Cultural Continuity in a Time of War: Virginia Woolf’s Between The Acts and T. S. Eliot’s East Coker.’ in Yeats Eliot Review, Vol. 24, Number 3 (Fall 2007) 2-19.

Life as a ‘Ruined Man’: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and T. S. Eliot’s Marital Crisis’ in English Studies, Vol.88, Number 3 (June 2007) 298-319.

‘“Doing a Girl In”: Re-reading the Asceticism of T. S. Eliot’s The Family Reunion’ in Religion and Literature, Vol. 38, Number 4 (Winter 2006) 63-85.

‘Prufrock in St Petersburg: The Presence of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment in T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.’ in Journal of Modern Literature, Vol.28, Number 3 (Spring 2005) 1-24.

‘Dantean Suffering in the Work of Percy Shelley and T. S. Eliot’ in English Studies, Vol. 85, Number 4 (August 2004) 324-43.

‘The Question of Self-consciousness in the Poetry of Percy Shelley and T. S. Eliot’ in Yeats Eliot Review, Vol. 19, Number 3 (October 2002) 11-26.

Presentations:

‘Edgelands and Wastelands: T. S. Eliot’s Urbanised Nature’ – presented at the conference ‘Shifting Territories’, University of London, May 2013.

‘T. S. Eliot: From the Dramatic Monologue to the Poetic Drama’ – presented at the conference ‘Re-Assessing the Dramatic Monologue in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Browning, Before, Beyond’, Royal Holloway University of London, June 2012.

‘Shelleyan Identity in T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’’ – presented at the conference ‘Post-Romantic Identities’, University of Nottingham, April 2003.

‘T. S. Eliot and the Problem of Memory’ – presented at the conference ‘Memory and Textualities’, University of Stirling, March 2002.

‘T. S. Eliot as a Romantic Poet’ – presented at the International Conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies, University of Liverpool, July 2001.