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Approaches to Teaching Eliot's Poetry and Plays

Essays by experienced teachers on their approaches to teaching various works by Eliot. Review of Scholarly Resources. List of musical adaptations and of Eliot's work in popular culture.

 

PART ONE: MATERIALS

     Eliot in the curriculum / Editions and Anthologies / Readings for Students / 

     The Instructor's Library

 

PART TWO:  APPROACHES

     GENERAL APPROACHES

          Essays on the Double in Eliot's Poetry, Eliot and the Romantic Tradition, 

          Eliot's Gallery of Women, Eliot's Essays as a Bridge to the Poems, Eliot and Dante, 

          Eliot and Music, Eliot and F. H. Bradley, Eliot in Composition Courses, and 

          Teaching Eliot in High School    

 

     ONE POEM AS AN APPROACH TO ALL

          Essays on "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", The Hollow Men

          and Ash-Wednesday

 

     TEACHING THE WASTE LAND

          Essays: "When Love Fails"; "Descent to Underworld"; 

          "Structural Similarities in Film"; "The Waste Land and Contemporary Art";     

          The Waste Land as Gothic Fantasy"; The Waste Land in Context of 1920s"

 

     TEACHING FOUR QUARTETS

          Essays on Burnt Norton; on the Quartets as Mysticism

          and on the influence of Einstein and Asia

 

     TEACHING THE PLAYS

          Essays on Religion and Comedy, Eliot in course on Modern Drama,  

          and on teaching Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party

 

SELECTED MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS