[Msa-discuss] CFP: T. S. Eliot Society, 9/28-30, St. Louis

David Chinitz dchinit at luc.edu
Sun May 6 23:59:04 EDT 2012

The 33rd Annual Meeting of the T. S. Eliot Society
 St. Louis, Missouri, USA, September 28-30, 2012

Keynote speaker: Daniel Albright, Harvard University

1. CALL FOR PAPERS. The Society invites proposals for papers to be presented atthe annual meeting in St. Louis.Clearly organized proposals of about 300 words, on any topic reasonably relatedto Eliot, along with biographical sketches, should be forwarded by June 15,2012, to the President, David Chinitz, by email (dchinit at luc.edu).

Papers given by graduate students and scholars receiving their doctoral degreesno more than two years before the date of the meeting will be considered forthe Fathman Young Scholar Award. Those eligible for this award should mentionthe fact in their submission.

For further information on the conference, please see our website(http://www.luc.edu/eliot).

2. CALL FOR PEER SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS: SOUND IN ELIOT'S POETRY. Led by Lesley Wheeler, this MSA-style seminar will focus on the aural/oralaspects of Eliot's writing. Any approach is welcome but possible topics mightinclude Eliot's engagement with the soundscapes of the period; his recordings;speech, music, and noise as tropes; the interplay of voices in his verse drama;or the sonic features of his poetry, including rhythm, rhyme, and other appealsto the mind's ear. Some of the questions we will discuss, depending on theinterests of the participants, might be: How do Eliot's textual voices andvoiced texts compare to other contemporary soundings? What ideas about poeticgenres come into play? How does his handling of poetry's aural elements evolveover time?

Professor Wheeler is the author of VoicingAmerican Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present(Cornell, 2008), among other books. Her most recent poetry collection is Heterotopia, winner of the Barrow StreetPress Poetry Prize (2010). She has held fellowships from the FulbrightFoundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other grantors, andwon a 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Educationin Virginia. Hercurrent research topics include virtual and transnational poetic communities;the role of rhyme in contemporary writing; and lyric poetry as speculativefiction.

The seminar is open to the first 15 registrants; registration will close July1st. Seminarians will submit 4-5 page position papers by e-mail, no later thanSeptember 1st. To sign up, or for answers to questions, please write FrancesDickey (dickeyf at missouri.edu).

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