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Lecture 12

ENGL365 Lecture 12: 30-10-14

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Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 365
Professor
Glenn Willmott

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ENGL365
30 October 2014
Late Eliot - Drama Continued: The Cocktail Party (1950)
next Monday/Thursday class cancelled
Marie Lloyd
oEliot drawn to drama/the stage (like Yeats)
onot much patience for popular, contemporary dramatic stage -- valueless
olower-class world of stage; the music hall
untainted by middle/upper class life/values/aspirations
vital art form
middle-class art dead, morbid
oMarie Lloyd's success because of "her sympathy with the audience"; interacting with
her audience; understanding her audience -- sympathetically in contact w/broad
audience
control over her art/audience during performances
sympathy & control
oritual: art as ritual, not art as aesthetics/entertainment
implies something sacred/spiritual action
social ritual
"stage always is a ritual"
music hall ritual dying as well; Eliot not expecting continuity
Eliot drawing music hall elements into fragmentary, avant-garde modern poetry
onot a revival or transformation; pessimistic reviving of an already
limited/impossible/dying art form
Sweeney Agonistes
oaristophanic
omixed up contents of his mind; illustration of modern life
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ENGL365 30 October 2014 Late Eliot - Drama Continued: The Cocktail Party (1950) − next Monday/Thursday class cancelled − Marie Lloyd o Eliot drawn to drama/the stage (like Yeats) o not much patience for popular, contemporary dramatic stage -- valueless o lower-class world of stage; the music hall  untainted by middle/upper class life/values/aspirations  vital art form  middle-class art dead, morbid o Marie Lloyd's success because of "her sympathy with the audience"; interacting with her audience; understanding her audience -- sympathetically in contact w/broad audience  control over her art/audience during performances  sympathy & control o ritual: art as ritual, not art as aesthetics/entertainment  implies something sacred/spiritual action  social ritual  "stage always is a ritual"  music hall ritual dying as well; Eliot not expecting continuity − Eliot drawing music hall elements into fragmentary, avant-garde modern poetry o not a revival or transformation; pessimistic reviving of an already limited/impossible/dying art form − Sweeney Agonistes o aristophanic o mixed up contents of his mind; illustration of modern life ENGL365 30 October 2014 o satire of contemporary relevance o "there is nothing but birth, copulation, and death"  love of repet
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