ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF T.S. ELIOT’S THE WASTE LAND
CALL FOR PAPERS
FOR PUBLICATION IN MEJO (MELOW Journal) 2022
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF T.S. ELIOT’S THE WASTE LAND
Right from the time of its publication a century ago, T.S. Eliot’s magnum opus, The Waste Land has had an uneasy life and much later also an uneasy after-life. Apart from its fragmented style, with a plethora of allusions, and appended Notes, Eliot’s various comments on the poem have added to the difficulty of making sense of what was (or is) contained in the poem. When he called the poem “just a piece of rhythmical grumbling,” many critics like Edmund Wilson and much later Wyndham Lewis, latched on to it to show that the poem stemmed from his personal pain and anguish. Fortunately, critics now agree, as Russell Kirk has pointed out, that apart from dramatizing the “broken inner order of the soul,” the poem also draws attention to “the smashed outer order of European society.” Critics have scrutinized Eliot’s politics, his religious beliefs, and even his sexual orientation. Simultaneously, they have also applied to his work New Critical procedures, focusing on its inner life, its structure and texture, its language experiments, use of quotations, and other novelties and oddities.
A century later, when we look back at The Waste Land and try and assess its influence on the literature that followed, we see it as a watershed marking the Before and After of its publication. One could easily look at the poem in two broad ways:
(i) the poem per se and the implication of what it contains within its 434 lines, and
(ii) the way the poem relates to the outer world and, by extension, its relevance to our times. The fact that the one-hundredth anniversary of the poem is being celebrated globally by academics and non-academics shows that it is an important landmark not only in terms of what it is but also because it has undeniably affected the course of poetry (and literature) during the last one hundred years.
The call for papers from MELOW aims to take a look at The Waste Land and its impact on the literature that followed in its wake.
Papers will be divided into two categories:
I. The Poem: Papers dealing with the text itself, focusing on
- “He Do the Police in Many Voices” – The voices of The Waste Land.
- “These fragments have I shored...” – Classical allusions
- “Jug jug, jug jug” – The use of music in The Waste Land
- “Keep the Dog far hence” – T.S. Eliot’s Dead Gods and Anthropology
- “Burning Burning Burning” – Fire and its Uses in The Waste Land
- “They Wash their feet in Soda Water” – The Arid Waste and the Sound of Thunder
- “I had not thought death had undone so many” – The presence of Dante in The Waste Land
II. The Aftermath and the Outreach: Assessing the impact of The Waste Land
- Is the poem just a period piece or does it cut across Spatio-temporal borders?
- The Waste Land in the Classroom today
- The Waste Land, The Tradition, and the Individual Talent
- Shanti, Shanti: Eliot’s Indian connection
- The Waste Land as a literary influence on specific texts
- The Waste Land’s connection with Pop Culture
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