Synopses & Reviews
Of the many different kinds of anti-Semite, T. S. Eliot was the rarest kind: one who was able to place his anti-Semitism at the service of his art. Anthony Julius's critically acclaimed study looks both at the detail of Eliot's deployment of anti-Semitic discourse and at the role it played in his greater literary undertaking. Julius's seminal study has provoked a reassessment of Eliot's work among poets, scholars, critics and readers, which will invigorate debate for some time to come.
'\"Julius supports his argument with close scrutiny of Eliot\'s poetry and prose, offering provocative explications that show even the most familiar of Eliot\'s works in a new light....This challenging study, written with persuasive conviction, is recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students with a good knowledge of Eliot\'s work.\" Choice\"Julius makes a very strong case from the evidence....he forces us to look at Eliot in a new way and to reexamine our ideas about the function of art, about the way poetry discloses essential truths about the world, about forgiving artists for their moral failings, and, finally to reconsider the notion that art redeems.\" The (Trenton) Times\"Julius has forced us to rethink some of our most fundamental, received ideas about art, ideas that for years protected Eliot from the sort of scrutiny found in these pages...He has written an important--and long overdue--book.\" Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times\"The originality of Julius\'s book lies in his willingness to raise such questions...This is a refreshing analysis of recent cultural history, enlivened by a rare indignation and power of synthesis.\" Peter Ackroyd, The Times\"Julius, 39, a Ph.D. in literature as well as a lawyer, turns out to be a deep-digging scholar and a powerful literary critic.\" Jack Kroll, Newsweek\"This book is a compelling addition to a significant movement among Jewish literary scholars...Amidst the scholarly breadth and cultural challenges of this recent work, Anthony Julius makes a daring contribution...raises compelling questions...Anthony Julius has challenged the criteria responsible for any canon formation...\" Shofar\"Anyone interested in Eliot or in how modernism intersects with the public events of European history from 1914-1945 will need to read Julius\'s book; it will be interesting to see how his arguments are countered by those who see these matters quite differently.\" Reed Way Dasenbrock, American Literature\"...Julius\'s book is a spur to this larger task...we should be grateful to him...\" Evelyn Toynton, The American Scholar\"...[a] penetrating book...well worth reading,\" Sheldon Kirshner, The Canadian Jewish News'
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-301) and index.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. 'Gerontion', criticism, and the limits of the dramatic monologue; 3. 'Sweeney among the nightingales', 'Burbank', and the poetics of anti-Semitism; 4. 'Dirge', 'A Cooking Egg', The Waste Land, and the aesthetics of ugliness; 5. Free-thinking Jews, persecuted Jews, and the anti-Semitism of Eliot's prose; 6. Making amends, making amendments.