This book is a study of the patterns of meaning by which T.S. Eliot attempted to create culturally significant characters (Greek heroes and modern saints) who find some transcendent meaning that liberates the isolated self and refuses to accept chaos as the answer to the modernists' loss of faith. Eliot's poetry is deeply influenced by the Greek concept of arete - those human excellences of character and body (physical courage, endurance, and energy) related to the aristocratic agathoi of ancient Greece, especially in the Herakles myth - that continues to be a powerful influence on postmodern culture.
The Author: Professor Niesen de Abruna is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Ithaca College, where she teaches courses on contemporary fiction, modern poetry, and women writers. Since receiving the Ph.D. in 1982 she has taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Puerto Rico at San Juan. Her publications include essays on T.S. Eliot, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Jean Rhys, and West Indian women writers. She has received grants from NEH, ACLS, Ithaca College, and the Charles A. Dana Teaching Fellowship.
Laura E Niesen de Abruna
Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Date of Publication
American University Studies Series 4: English Language and Literature