CFP: Peer Seminars, T. S. Eliot Society (7/1/06; 9/22/06-9/24/06)

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> Peer Seminars on T. S. Eliot
> 1. Eliot and the London Scene, 1914-1939
> 2. Eliot in the Theatre
> The 27th Annual Meeting of The T. S. Eliot Society
> St. Louis, MO
> September 22-24, 2006
> This year the T. S. Eliot Society is offering two peer seminars at its
> annual meeting in St. Louis, 21-24 September 2006. VINCENT SHERRY will
> lead a seminar on "Eliot and the London Scene, 1914-1939," in which
> participants are invited to consider the manifold ways in which Eliot
> interacted with the various cultures of London between the outbreak of
> the First World War and the beginning of the Second. The aim of the
> seminar is to project a composite picture of Eliot coming into his
> several roles as poet, critic, editor, and public intellectual in
> active
> exchange with the literary, political, and popular cultures of this
> particular locale, in this especially charged interval in history.
> Emphasis is expected to fall not only on the influence Eliot himself
> exerted on the London scene but on the impact a contemporary and
> developing public culture in London had on his maturing oeuvre.
> SARAH BAY-CHENG will lead a seminar on "Eliot in the Theatre." This
> seminar invites papers focused on any aspect of Eliot's dramatic
> writing, with particular interest paid to his full-length plays and
> theatricality (either textual or performative) in his poetry. Possible
> topics may also include considerations of his theatrical
> collaborations,
> his plays as performance, the influence of popular theatre in his
> drama,
> and the role of adaptation in Eliot's dramatic writing.
> Professor Bay-Cheng is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film Studies
> at the University at Buffalo/SUNY. She is the author of Mama Dada:
> Gertrude Stein's Avant-Garde Theater (Routlege, 2004) and essays on
> modernist drama, poetic drama, and avant-garde theatre and film.
> She is
> currently editing an anthology of modernist poetic drama.
> Professor Sherry is Distinguished Professor of English at Villanova
> University. His publications include The Uncommon Tongue: The
> Poetry and
> Criticism of Geoffrey Hill (1987), Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, and
> Radical Modernism (1993), James Joyce: ULYSSES (1995, 2d ed. 2004),
> and
> The Great War and the Language of Modernism (2003). He has edited the
> Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War (2005)
> and
> several volumes on post-Second World War British and Irish Poets
> for the
> Dictionary of Literary Biography (1984, 1985).
> The seminars are open to the first 12 registrants (each); registration
> will close July 1st. Seminarians will submit 4-5 page position
> papers to
> Professor Bay-Cheng or Professor Sherry by e-mail, no later than
> September 1st.
> To sign up for a seminar, or to inquire, please email Michael Coyle
> (
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