T. S. Eliot and the Heritage of Rome and Italy in Modernist Literature (Florence, Italy - February 4-11, 2012)

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Temur Kobakhidze
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T. S. Eliot and the Heritage of Rome and Italy in Modernist Literature (Florence, Italy - February 4-11, 2012)

For details visit the Symposium website: http://www.fondazione-delbianco.org/seminari/progetti_prof/progview_PL.a...

An International Symposium dedicated to exploring relations between the culture of Rome and Italy and Modernist Literature, with a special attention to the work of T. S. Eliot.

T. S. Eliot was a connoisseur and an admirer of the cultures of Ancient Rome and Renaissance Italy. The symposium topic deals with one of the most interesting aspects of Eliot's exceptionally complex and erudite poetry, and that is the deep impact that the literature and culture of Rome and Italy had on his work and on Modernist Literature in general.

Hence the symposium topic is focused on, but not limited to, T.S. Eliot and his work. In fact, it encompasses the whole complexity of the Ancient Roman and Italian cultural influence on the most important literary movement of 20th century Europe and America.

All proposals on the impact of Rome and Italy on English Language Modernist Literature regardless of their immediate connection to T. S. Eliot will be considered relevant to the topic of the conference and will be accepted for consideration by the co-organizers.

Participants should be scholars or critics of literature and/or other arts. Attendance by younger researchers is encouraged.

Participants are expected to make presentations of approximately 15 or 20 minutes duration to allow time for discussion and interaction. Participants will be invited to attend all the sessions and to participate in cultural events related to the symposium. Meetings will consist primarily (but not exclusively) of sessions in which formal academic papers will be read, accompanied at times by PowerPoint or other media demonstrations.

Participants will experience the pleasures of intellectual exchange in the environs of Florence, staying at a three star hotel and enjoying daily excursions and activities, as well as free time to explore the city.

Proposals of 100 to 250 words or completed papers may be sent as email attachments to any of the three co-organizers:
Temur Kobakhidze (tk282@cam.ac.uk),
Dr. Patrick Query (Patrick.Query@usma.edu),
Dr. Stefano Maria Casella (stefanomaria.casella@alice.it).

"T.S. Eliot and the Politics of Place" A Peer Seminar for young scholars, to be led by Dr. Patrick Query (West Point), will focus on Eliot's concern with place as expressed in his creative and critical writing.
Download here the Call for Peer Seminar Participants