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Nancy D. Hargrove

William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, English

E-mail address: hargrovegn@bellsouth.net

Dr. Nancy D. Hargrove is William L. Giles Distinguished Professor Emerita of English at Mississippi State University. She received a B.A. degree from Agnes Scott College, an M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Her areas of specialization are 20th Century American and British Poetry, 20th Century Drama (American, British, and Continental), 20th Century Southern Literature, and American Literature of the 1920s. She is the author of three books, Landscape as Symbol in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot (1978), The Journey Toward Ariel: Sylvia Plath's Poetry of 1956-1959 (1994), and T.S. Eliot's Parisian Year (2009); over forty essays in books and scholarly journals on the works of Eliot, Plath, Yeats, Faulkner, Welty, Shakespeare, and others; and over one hundred paper presentations. She is the recipient of five Fulbright grants - a student grant to France (1963-4), a Junior Lectureship to France (1976-7), Senior Lectureships to Belgium (1984-5) and to Sweden (1992), and a Distinguished Chair Award to Austria (2005-6) - as well as numerous teaching and research awards, including the MSU Outstanding Honors Faculty Award, the MSU Outstanding Teaching Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Atlantic Association of Departments of English, the MSU Outstanding Faculty Award, the Grisham Master Teacher Award, the Outstanding Humanist Award, the CASE Mississippi Professor of the Year Award, and the Outstanding Essay Award from the South Atlantic Review. Her hobbies are tennis and travelling.

T.S. Eliot's Parisian Year

Hargrove, Nancy D.
Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813034010

After graduating from Harvard in 1910, T. S. Eliot spent a year in Paris, and his experiences there had a profound and lasting influence upon his life and his work. Even so, most scholars and biographers ignore it, mention it only in passing, or, in rare cases, dismiss it as a typical post-graduation year any wealthy student of the time could have had. Nancy Hargrove sets the record straight on just how vitally important this period was for the young man. She meticulously re-creates the city and discusses in detail how pre-war Parisian culture influenced the works Eliot later produced. Hers is the first in-depth study of this crucial but largely overlooked year in the life of the artist, and reveals the complex repercussions it had on his literary career.

An Internet Study: Music and Modern Art in T.S. Eliot's <I>The Waste Land</I>

Hargrove, Nancy D.
Publisher: John K. Boaz
Collaborators: John K. Boaz, Mildred Meyer Boaz, Guy Hargrove, and Paul Grootkerk

This is a CD containing a multimedia presentation of two studies of T.S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land. Includes scripts of the papers and examples of art and music used to illustrate the authors' arguments.

The Journey Toward Ariel: Sylvia Plath's Poems of 1956-1959

Hargrove, Nancy D.
Publisher: Lund University Press

This study of Plath's early poetry makes a number of contributions to Plath scholarship and should force a re-examination of the order and worth of her early poems, correcting many of the errors in dating in the order presented in The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath. Further, based on this revised chronology, it traces Plath's development as a poet in these crucial years through a close examination of the poems, thus presenting a more comprehensive study of this part of her career and of the poems produced then than has appeared previously.

For many of these poems, the book gives new or alternative readings; for poems which have heretofore been entirely ignored, it offers first-time readings, thereby filling a gap in Plath studies. Finally, it contains reproductions of the paintings which serve as subjects of ten poems, and reproductions of some of Plath's own sketches depicting scenes in a number of poems, as well as photographs of settings on which various poems are based.

Landscape as Symbol in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot

Hargrove, Nancy D.
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 0878050779

A major aspect of T.S. Eliot's poetry, which has been overlooked by most critical studies, is his highly sophisticated use of landscape as symbol. Throughout his poetry, Eliot employs both urban and rural landscape to symbolize the diverse moral and emotional states of the human soul as it moves from a meaningless existence to one which is spiritually significant.

Landscape as Symbol in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot thoroughly examines this complex and brilliant symbol in five chapters. In the opening chapter the author discusses Eliot's concept of the symbol in general, his use of landscape as symbol in particular, and his major sources for this technique, Tennyson and Baudelaire. The next four chapters proceed through a chronological, poem-by- poem analysis with emphasis on close readings of the words. Chapter II concerns the urban landscapes of the early poems through The Waste Land, while the third chapter focuses on the shift to rural landscape in the middle poems -- "The Hollow Men," "Ash Wednesday," and two of the Ariel poems. Chapter IV presents an analysis of the important but often ignored series of poems entitled "Landscapes," and Chapter V is devoted to the predominantly rural landscapes of Four Quartets. The author concludes that "landscape can be seen as the major symbolic expression of Eliot's total poetic subject and therefore deserves recognition... as a brilliant and highly complex achievement which lies at the very center of his poetry."

Included in the book are approximately forty photographs of the actual settings which are the sources of the poetic landscapes. An integral part of the book, these photographs should be particularly helpful to those readers who have no been able to visit these locations.

The text and the photographs of Landscape as Symbol in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot make the book a long needed and valuable contribution to Eliot scholarship.

Hargrove, Nancy D. "Paris During T. S. Eliot's Residence, 1910-1911: A Practical Guide to the City" Yeats Eliot Review 24.1 (2007): 3-23.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "T. S. Eliot's Year Abroad, 1910-1911: The Visual Arts" South Atlantic Review 71.1 (2006): 89-133.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "T. S. Eliot and the Classical Music Scene in Paris, 1910-1911" Publications of the MIssissippi Philological Association 2004 (2004): 10-26.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "By Example Proves a Powerful Teacher" Agnes Scott: The Magazine 81.1 (2004): Inside Front Cover.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "T. S. Eliot and Opera in Paris, 1910-1911" Yeats Eliot Review 21.3 (2004): 2-20.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "T. S. Eliot and Popular Entertainment in Paris, 1910-1911" Journal of Popular Culture 36.3 (2003): 547-588.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "T. S. Eliot and the Parisian Theatre World, 1910-1911" South Atlantic Review 66.4 (2001): 1-44.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "The Curious Case of Eliot's Source(s) for Part IV of The Dry Salvages" Yeats Eliot Review 17.4 (2001): 2-7.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "The Great Parade: Cocteau, Picasso, Satie, Massine, Diaghilev -- T. S. Eliot" Mosaic 31.1 (1998): 83-106.
Hargrove, Nance D. "T.S. Eliot and the Dance" Journal of Modern Literature 21.1 (1997): 61-88.
Hargrove, Nancy D., and Paul Grootkerk. "The Waste Land as a Surrealist Poem" The Comparatist 19 (1995): 1-15.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Plath's Poem for a Birthday: Forging a New Self" University of Mississippi Studies in English 11-12.1993-95 (1995): 181-194.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Humor in Eudora Welty's The Shoe Bird" Childrenn's Literature in Education 23.2 (1992): 75-82.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "I felt to be sitting next to a descended god: The Influence of T. S. Eliot on Sylvia Plath" Texas College English 23 (1991): 10-15.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Reflections of the 1920's in The Sound and the Fury" Postscript 8 (1991): 55-70.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "State Gains Personal Ambassassdor in France" Clarion Ledger 34.37, May 6 (1989): 8.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Looking Back: Twenty-Five Years of the Fulbright Experience" USIA World 8 (1989): 8, 21.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Christian Imagery in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath" Midwest Quarterly 31 (1989): 9-28.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Sylvia Plath's Lorelei and Moonrise: Biography Into Art" Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association 1989 (1989): 123-134.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Miracles Do Occur in Mississippi" Starkville Daily News 86.104, April 28 (1989): 4.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "My Philosophy of Teaching" South Atlantic Association of Departments of English Newsletter 1988.Summer (1988): 3.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Content and Technique in Sylvia Plath's All the Dead Dears" Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association 1987 (1987): 113-121.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Portrait of an Assassin: Eudora Welty's Where is the Voice Coming From?" The Southern Literary Journal 20 (1987): 74-88.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Memories of the 1986 Meeting of the T.S. Eliot Society" T.S. Eliot Society News & Notes 1 (1987): 4.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "The Comic Sense in the Short Stories of Toni Cade Bambara" Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 11 (1985): 133-140.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "The Tragicomic Vision of Beth Henley's Drama" Southern Quarterly 22 (1984): 54-70.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Youth in Toni Cade Bambara's Gorilla, My Love" Southern Quarterly 22 (1983): 81-99.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Aesthetic Distance in Yeats's Leda and the Swan" Arizona Quarterly 39 (1983): 235-247.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "The Themes of Destruction and Rebuilding in King Lear" The Upstart Crow 3 (1980): 42-53.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "T.S. Eliot: The Symbol in Theory and in Practice" Illinois Quarterly 38 (1976): 52-62.
Hargrove, Nance D. "Landscape as Symbol in T.S. Eliot's Ash Wednesday" Arizona Quarterly 30 (1974): 53-62.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Landscape as Symbol in Tennyson and Eliot" Victorians Institute Journal 1.3 (1974): 73-83.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Symbolism in T.S. Eliot's Landscapes" Southern Humanities Review 6 273-282.

Hargrove, Nancy D. "The Poems of 1957." Sylvia Plath: Updated Edition. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2007. 59-90.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Youth in Toni Cade Bambara's Gorilla, My Love." Contemporary Literary Criticism, volume 88. Ed. Chris Giroux. Detroit: Gail Research, 1995. 11-18.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Un Present Parfait: Eliot and La Vie Parisienne, 1910-1911." T.S. Eliot at the Turn of the Century. Ed. Marianne Thormahlen. Lund, Sweden: Lund University Press, 1994. 33-58.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Toni Cade Bambara (1939- )." Contemporary Fiction Writers of the South: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. Eds. by Joseph M. Flora and Robert Bain. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "The Chronology of Sylvia Plath's Poems: 1956-1959." Studies in Bibliography: Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia: 1992. Charlottesville, VA: The Society, 1992. 265-291.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Teaching The Waste Land in the Context of the 1920's." Approaches to Teaching Eliot's Poetry and Plays. Ed. Jewel Spears Brooker. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1988. 139-143.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "A Question of Honor (On works of short fiction by Welty and Faulkner)." Mississippi Mindscape: Trials. Ed. Dennis Mitchell and Nancy D. Hargrove. Jackson: Mississippi Committee for the Humanities, 1986.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "The Symbolism of Sweeney in the Works of T. S. Eliot." Critical Essays on T. S. Eliot: The Sweeny Motif. Ed. Kinley E. Roby. Boston: G. K. Hall & Co., 1985. 147-169.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Youth in Toni Cade Bambara's Gorilla, My Love." Women Writers of the Contemporary South. Ed. Peggy Whitman Prenshaw. Jackson: The University Press of Mississippi, 1984. 215-232.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Samuel Pisar (1929- )." Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook: 1983 Edition. Ed. by Mary Bruccoli and Jean W. Ross. Detroit: Gale Research, 1984. 293-297.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)." Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 7: Twentieth Century American Dramatists. Ed. John MacNicholas. Detroit: Gail Research, 1981. 151-172.
Hargrove, Nancy D. "Sylvia Plath." Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 6: American Novelists Since World War II, Second Series. Ed. James E. Kibler, Jr.. Detroit: Gail Research Co., 1980. 259-264.

Hargrove, Nancy D. "Faulkner's The Wishing Tree as Children's Literature." The Image of the Child: Proceedings of the 1991 International Conference of the Children's Literature Association, May 30 - June 2, 1991, Hattiesburg, MS. Hattiesburg: Children's Literature Association, 1991. 132-140 [ED 347 566].