UPDATE: T.S. Eliot Peer Seminars (8/11/06; 10/22/06-10/24/06)

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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 August 11. 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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