[Msa-discuss] Peer seminar: "Eliot and Fiction" - TS Eliot Society (St. Louis, 22-24 Sept. 2017)

Chinitz, David Dchinit at luc.edu
Mon Feb 20 12:00:23 EST 2017

Peer Seminar
Eliot and Fiction

Led by Megan Quigley of Villanova University, this year's peer seminar at the T. S. Eliot Society's annual meeting will focus on Eliot and fiction. Eliot once argued that contemporary fiction nourished his own work more than poetry did, and the time seems ripe (with the publication of Eliot's complete prose and the recent poetry volumes) to revisit Eliot's relationship to prose fiction and novelists. Possible topics for discussion might include:

  *   New materials shedding light on Eliot's fictional influences, including Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Gustave Flaubert, Honoré Balzac, James Joyce, Djuna Barnes, Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, May Sinclair, and the list goes on.
  *   Eliot's impact on twentieth-century fiction, through personal relationships and literary influence
  *   The last twist of the knife: Eliot's interest in detective fiction
  *   Eliot as fiction writer: "Eeldrop and Appleplex"
  *   Eliot as editor of fiction at Faber and Faber
  *   Eliot's fictional afterlife (for example: biofiction, postcolonial fiction, contemporary British fiction)
  *   Fiction and the everyday: Eliot's belief that fiction was more closely connected to daily life and how we see that infused in his verse
  *   Eliot's relationship to New Criticism and its approaches to the novel
  *   Eliot in narrative theory: reading Eliot through narrative theory, formalist theory, genre theory
Participants will pre-circulate short position papers (5 pages) by September 1, for discussion at the meeting of the peer seminar on the first day of the 2017 Eliot Society conference, Friday, September 22. Membership in the peer seminar is limited to twelve on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please enroll by July 15, by sending an email with the subject line "peer seminar" to tseliotsociety at gmail.com<mailto:tseliotsociety at gmail.com> with your contact information.

For further information, please visit our website (http://www.luc.edu/eliot).
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