The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Mihai Spariosu

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
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Critical Essay by Mihai Spariosu

SOURCE: “Games of Consciousness,” in Auctor Ludens: Essays on Plays in Literature, edited by Gerald Guinness and Andrew Hurley, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1986, pp. 157-69.

In the following essay, Spariosu examines the “modern crisis of consciousness” in “Prufrock.”

The arts without intellectual context are vanity.

—T. S. Eliot

In what follows I shall discuss the ways in which Eliot addresses the problematic of consciousness in “Prufrock,” a problematic which has preoccupied thinkers at least since St. Augustine, but which has resurfaced with renewed vigor in our age; in other words, I shall attempt to see Eliot's poem in the intellectual context of modernism, in terms of the so-called “modern crisis of consciousness.”

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