"The International Reception of T. S. Eliot" brings together a wide range of international perspectives on this influential twentieth-century author, who as poet, critic, and editor did much to shape modernist poetics, not only in Europe and North America, but also world-wide. Foregrounding distinct aspects of Eliot's international reception, individual chapters of the book illuminate such topics as Eliot's complex impact on the development of modernist poetics in the post-colonial Caribbean, the emergent state of Israel, and colonial India; the insurgent potential of translated Eliot in Soviet-occupied Romania and post-war Germany; the different ways in which Eliot's work has entered the cultural life of national and emergent national contexts like Iceland, Italy, Spain, China, and Japan; the relationships forged with Eliot's poetry and criticism by such authors as Jorge Borges, Czeslaw Milosz, A.J.M. Smith, and E.R. Curtius; the unique reverberations of Eliot's work in the bi-cultural lives of contemporary scholars; and the challenges of teaching Eliot across boundaries of culture and religion.
Importantly broadening the purview of Anglo-American Eliot Studies, the book should prove essential reading for scholars around the world interested in Eliot and modernism, as well as post-colonial theory and modernist translation theory.
Shyamal Bagchee is Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada, and was President of the T. S. Eliot Society of America (2001-03). Elisabeth Daumer is Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University, USA.
Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Notes on Contributors; Introduction: Shyamal Bagchee; 1. Tradition and the Postcolonial Talent: T. S. Eliot versus E.K. Brathwaite - Matthew Hart; 2. Two Modernisms: T.S. Eliot and La Nouvelle Revue Francaise - William Marx; 3. Remodernizing Eliot: Eva Hesse and Das Wuste Land - Elisabeth Daumer; 4. Translated Eliot: Lucian Blaga's Strategies for Survival and the Soviet Colonization of Romania - Sean Cotter; 5. T.S. Eliot and Modernism in Mid-Twentieth-Century Israel - Leonore Gerstein; 6. The Shadow of Eliot Across Bengali Poetry of the Thirties- Shirshendu Chakrabarti; 7. T. S. Eliot in Iceland: A Historical Portrait - Astradur Eysteinsson and Eysteinn Thorvaldsson; 8. 'By the Arena... Il Decaduto': T. S. Eliot & / in Italy - Stefano Maria Casella; 9. Multiple Voices, Single Identity: T.S. Eliot's Criticism and Spanish Poetry - Santiago Rodriguez Guerrero-Strachan; 10. China's Reception of T. S. Eliot - Lihui Liu; 11. 'In the Juvescence of the Year' -- T.S. Eliot's Impact and Reverberations in Japan 1930-2005 - Shunichi Takayanagi; 12. Impersonality, Imitation, and Influence: T.S. Eliot and A.J.M. Smith - Brian Trehearne; 13. Jorge Louis Borges Rewrites T.S. Eliot - Juan E. De Castro; 14. 'Somewhat Weird Reading': Czeslaw Milosz and T.S. Eliot - Magda Heydel; 15. The Politics of Friendship: T.S.Eliot in Germany through E.R. Curtius's Looking Glass - J.H. Copley; 16. Why Eliot? Cross-Cultural Reading and its (Dis)contents - Kinereth Meyer; 17. T. S. Eliot: Poet of My Bengali Childhood - Srimati Mukherjee; 18. 'Reported to me from Sydney, Australia': Reading Eliot Down Under and in the Mother Tongue - Sean Pryor; Bibliography; Index.