Richard Malpass wrote:
> suggest any particular works which could be considered important in
> regards to the depictions of women in TSE's poems and plays.
I'm not really coming up with much so I will make the following
suggestions that might be good enough.
You may want to read biographies to see how he interacted with real women.
Here are two:
Gordon, Lyndall: T.S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life
Seymour-Jones, Carole: Painted Shadow: A Life of Vivienne Eliot
This one might also interest you but it isn't quite what you were
Lamos, Colleen: Deviant Modernism: Sexual and Textual Errancy in
T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, and Marcel Proust
This original study re-evaluates central texts of the modernist
canon--Eliot's early poetry including The Waste Land, Joyce's Ulysses,
and Proust's Remembrance of Things Past--by examining sexual energies
and identifications in them that are typically regarded as
perverse. According to modern cultural discourses and psychosexual
categorizations, these deviant desires and identifications feminize
men or tend to render them homosexual. Colleen Lamos's analysis of the
operations of gender and sexuality in these texts reveals conflicts
concerning the definition of masculine heterosexuality which cut
across the aesthetics of modernism. She argues that canonical male
modernism, far from being a monolithic entity with a coherently
conservative political agenda, is in fact the site of errant impulses
and unresolved struggles. What emerges is a reconsideration of
modernist literature as a whole and a recognition of the heterogeneous
forces that formed and deformed modernism.