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Gareth Reeves

T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land


This book starts from the premise that The Waste Land demands close reading. The appearance of the poem in 1922 started a critical debate that continues to this day. Reviewers and critics, whether favourable or hostile, have written about it in terms of theme, form and content. Many have considered it formless and fragmented, or have attempted to find coherence in it with assumptions about unity and closed form, trying to fix the text, to locate hidden narratives, spiritual quests, or allegories of salvation. However, Gareth Reeves contends that the poem is resolutely open-ended, a view supported by recent developments in reader-response criticism and reception theory. He seeks to present a close reading that avoids formalistic assumptions, allusion hunting, paraphrase and thematic treatment.

Format: Paperback
Published: in UK in 1994
Publisher: Harvester Wheatsheaf
Pages: 123
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9780745007380
ISBN 10: 0745007384

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T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land