[Msa-discuss] Peer seminars - TS Eliot Society (Atlanta, 21-23 Sept. 2018)

Chinitz, David Dchinit at luc.edu
Thu Mar 1 22:05:54 EST 2018

Peer Seminars
The Eliot Society is pleased to offer two peer seminars at this year's annual meeting. Participants will pre-circulate short position papers (5 pages) by September 1; peer seminars will meet to discuss the pre-circulated papers on the first day of the 2018 Eliot Society conference, Friday, September 21. Membership in each 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 jstayer at jcu.edu<mailto:jstayer at jcu.edu> with your contact information.

1. Eliot and History

Led by Paul Stasi, SUNY Albany

Eliot famously argued that "the historical sense" was necessary for anyone who wished to be a poet beyond age twenty-five, and his writing is pervaded by a consciousness of the past, in ways that critics have extensively documented. Yet a desire to transcend time and history is often seen as animating much of his later verse. This seminar seeks to examine Eliot's complex relationship to history as well as his place in history. Possible topics include:

  *   The evolution of Eliot's thought as it responds to larger historical shifts, such as decolonization, the post-WWII order, secularization, etc.
  *   His response to specific historical events
  *   Theories of history found within his prose or poetry
  *   His relation to the transnational or global turn in modernist studies
  *   Eliot's historical impact, in the sense of his legacy in poetry and criticism
  *   The common ground or opposition between his thought and dominant modes of historicization (New Historicism, Historical Materialism)

2. New Editions, New Writings: Fresh Perspectives on Eliot

Led by John Whittier-Ferguson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

& Jayme Stayer, John Carroll University

Until very recently, the selection of Eliot's writings available for scholars has been more partial, more restricted than that of virtually every other central writer of the modernist period. In recent years, Eliot studies has been transformed by the publication of close to 2,000 pages of the annotated Poems; 6,000 pages of letters (not yet complete); and 5,400 pages of The Complete Prose. This peer seminar calls for papers making substantive use of any of the "new Eliot" now available to us. Each contribution for this seminar will use the material in these new editions in some way that helps to bring Eliot into fresh focus for his readers. This may mean discussing hitherto unpublished or uncollected works; it may also mean utilizing the critical and textual apparatus now gathered around more well-known texts of Eliot's to illuminate unexplored contexts, antecedents, and connections.
For further information, please visit our website (tseliot.sites.luc.edu).
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