Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.7 Number.4  December, 2016           Pp.422- 438

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The Religious Crisis and the Spiritual Journey in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land 

Leila Bellour
Department of Foreign Languages
The University Center of Mila, Algeria




In T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”, there is a quest for psychological and spiritual unity, which is vindicated in the poem’s pattern of a spiritual journey. Reading the poem as such provides the reader with a tie thatbrings together its fragments, albeit being said to be formless. As the paper shows, the ultimate panacea to thepsychotic’s problems is believed to hinge on religion. Such a remedy makes possible the unity of the modern man’s fragmented self in an age marked by spiritual sterility and sexual promiscuity. Therefore, religionemerges asthe fructifying power that can restore fertility to the spiritual aridity of modern civilization. Despite his theory of impersonality, the poem also addresses Eliot’s religious questioning and quest.
Key words: Organic unity, spiritual crisis, spiritual journey, The Waste Land,  T.S. Eliot

Cite as: Bellour, L. (2016). The Religious Crisis and the Spiritual Journey in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land .
Arab World English Journal,7 (4).


Dr. Leila Bellour holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Badji Mokhtar, Annaba, Algeria.
She is working at Department of Foreign Languages, Abdelhafid Boussouf University Center of Mila , Algeria . Her research interests are British literature, American literature, literary theory
and criticism, philosophical approaches, psychoanalytical criticism, Reception theory,
Modernism, Feminism and T.S. Eliot