Jewel Spears Brooker

Jewel Spears Brooker

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Jewel Spears Brooker is Professor Emerita of Literature at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where she received awards for teaching, scholarship, and campus leadership. She has held visiting research or teaching appointments at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Oxford (Merton), Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Cambridge, and Doshisha (Kyoto) Universities.

Dr. Brooker has written or edited ten books, including T. S. Eliot's Dialectical Imagination (2018), T. S. Eliot: Apprentice Years 1905-1918 (2014, co-editor Ronald Schuchard), T. S. Eliot: The Contemporary Reviews (2004), Mastery and Escape: T. S. Eliot and the Dialectic of Modernism (1994), Reading The Waste Land: Modernism and the Limits of Interpretation (1990, co-author Joseph Bentley), and Conversations with Denise Levertov (1998). She is the co-editor of two volumes of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot (vol. 1, 2014; vol. 8. 2018) and has published scores of essays on modern writers, including Eliot, Conrad, Denise Levertov, Richard Wilbur, Katherine Anne Porter, and Shusaku Endo. For reviews, click on individual works.

Professor Brooker has given over 100 lectures, including keynote addresses in London, Paris, Florence, Seoul, Kyoto, and Jerusalem. She has received numerous awards and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Foundation, Knight Foundation, and Pew Charitable Trust and has served as president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, the T. S. Eliot Society, and other professional organizations. From 2003-2008, she was a member of the National Humanities Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is listed in Who's Who in America and other biographical works.


Literary Criticism
A new reading of Eliot's poetry and prose based on previously unavailable archival material. Focus: the dialectical shape of T. S. Eliot's imagination, in which awareness of opposites results in a move to a third term that contains and transcends both.
This book examines modernism as cultural and literary phenomenon, with focus on T. S. Eliot.
A highly readable and richly detailed reading of T. S. Eliotís "The Waste Land"
Eliot Editions
Contains all surviving prose composed between the ages of 16 and 30. Scrupulously edited and critically annotated.
American Critical Archives . Comprehensive gathering of American and British responses to Eliot's work as it appeared.