T. S. Eliot: Intersections and Influence (2019 Louisville Conference on Lit & Culture Since 1900)

deadline for submissions: 
August 25, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The T.S. Eliot Society
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T. S. Eliot: Intersections and Influence

Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900

February 21-23, 2019, University of Louisville


In “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” T. S. Eliot articulated one of the most enduring theorizations of literary history as an evolving, multifarious, and inherently collaborative endeavor. This panel invites papers that explore T. S. Eliot in terms of his expansive biographical, professional, and literary intersections with contemporaneous writers and thinkers, as well as his continued influence on literary and artistic culture today. Given the watershed of material made available through newly released letters, as well as the significant expansion of access to published and previously unpublished material in The Complete Prose, we also seek proposals that complicate and nuance Eliot’s place in modernism and its legacies, especially given the definitional, spatial, and historical expansions proposed by new modernist studies. Finally, proposals might also explore Eliot’s career beyond his art, including—as he wrote in The Harvard Advocate in 1934—“subjects which I do not yet know very much about: theology, politics, economics, and education,” but which increasingly became the center of his professional life.

Please send a 300-word abstract (including title) and brief bio to Christopher McVey at cmcvey@bu.edu by August 25th.

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Information about the T. S. Eliot Society is available at: http://tseliot.sites.luc.edu/