Classics of American Literature: T. S. Eliot
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Classics of American Literature: T. S. Eliot

Analysis of work by T. S. Eliot including the lovesong of j. alfred prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men and more.
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Last updated 11/2012
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 9 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 38 Supplemental Resources
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The central purpose of this course is to facilitate a better understanding of poems by T. S. Eliot.  We will focus mainly on classic works such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, and The Hollow Men, but we may also take up some less prominent poems as well.  Toward this end we shall also consider some aspects of Eliot's biography, his literary criticism, and the cultural backdrop of his times.  Our final objective will be to clarify not only Eliot's poems but the revolution in twentieth century poetry largely attributed to Eliot and his cohort Ezra Pound.

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Curriculum For This Course
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Course Introduction
1 Lecture 04:16

Welcome to the course.

In this lecture, I give a brief introduction of myself and provide an overview of what we will be covering in this course.

I look forward to hearing your comments and questions throughout the different topics I present to you. I also hope it sparks a good discussion in the course.

Course Introduction
04:16
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T.S. Eliot Biography
4 Lectures 24:18

Key Points:

  • Family history
  • Education
  • Formative influences
  • Photographs
Biography of T.S. Eliot
24:18

Images - Biography of T.S. Eliot
50 pages

T.S. Eliot Timeline
2 pages

Some Best Books
7 pages
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Naturalism
2 Lectures 11:27

Key Points:

  • The Crisis of Belief
  • Faith vs Science
  • Melville, Twain, Dreiser
Naturalism
11:27

The Crisis of Belief: Naturalism
1 page
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Modernism
1 Lecture 12:10

Key Points:

  • The Pound-Eliot Revolution
  • Greater Realism
  • Nine specific precepts
Modernism
12:10
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The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock
2 Lectures 31:09
Poem - The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock
5 pages

In this lecture, we look at the first great poem of T.S. Eliot.

Key Points:

  • A new style of poetry
  • Realism (naturalism) vs Romance
  • Allusions—Dante, Shakespeare, Marvell
  • Isolation
The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock
31:09
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Sweeney Among the Nightingales
2 Lectures 13:50
Poem - Sweeney Among The Nightingales
2 pages

Key Points:

  • Counterpoint  to Prufrock
  • Mock epic
  • Eliot and the Nightingale
Sweeney Among the Nightingales
13:50
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Portrait of a Lady
2 Lectures 29:06
Poem - Portrait of a Lady
4 pages

Key Points:

  • Protocols of gentility
  • Being friends (Romance)
  • The social mask (Realism)
  • The wench is dead
Portrait of a Lady
29:06
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Preludes (a poem)
2 Lectures 15:00
Poem - Preludes
2 pages

Key Points:

  • A new tack
  • Blight in the city
  • A visionary moment
  • Self-repression
Preludes (a poem)
15:00
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Gerontion
2 Lectures 33:38
Poem - Gerontion
2 pages

Key Points:

  • The quest for meaning
  • Christ the tiger
  • What is adulterated
  • Around the Horn
Gerontion
33:38
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The Waste Land - Introduction
4 Lectures 25:44

Key Points:

  • From Ritual to Romance
  • The Tarot cards
  • Sacred writ
Context of The Waste Land
25:44

Tarot Cards
2 pages

Poem - The Waste Land
18 pages

These are Eliot's own notes to The Waste Land. Read through it and use it as reference as we go along through each part of The Waste Land.
Eliot's Notes To The Waste Land
7 pages
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About the Instructor
Victor Strandberg
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Professor of English - Duke University

Born in New Hampshire (1935), raised in Central Massachusetts; A.B. Clark University, 1957; PhD in English and American Literature, Brown University, 1962; Taught at University of Vermont, 1962-1966; at Duke University, 1966-present.

Published books on Robert Penn Warren, William James, William Faulkner, and Cynthia Ozick; essays on many 19th and 20th century American writers.  Most of these writings are freely available (or soon will be) at Duke University website, tap "dukespace," then "faculty scholarship."  Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Literature in Sweden (Uppsala, 1973), Belgium (Louvain, 1980), Germany (Mannheim, 1987), and the Czech Republic (Olomouc, 2001).  Also taught in Japan (Kobe College, 1994) and Morocco (Marrakech, 1987).  Married 1961 to Penelope Hamilton; two daughters, Anne and Susan.