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"Tradition and the Individual Talent" at 100

This panel invites scholars to reflect on the meaning and significance of T.S. Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (1919) to mark the centenary of its first publication. In keeping with the conference theme, it welcomes papers that address Eliot's writerly attempt to uphold tradition as a natural response to the historical upheavals of this tumultuous time. Beyond that, however, it asks scholars to grapple with the critical legacy of Eliot's landmark essay, which promoted the widespread tendency to read modernism as a narrative about the depersonalization of literature. It further encourages them to consider how this seminal text laid the groundwork for many subsequent critical approaches (from New Criticism to post-structuralism to more recent engagements with form) and artistic movements (from Imagism to concrete poetry to autofiction). Please send a 300-word abstract and brief professional bio (2-3 sentences) to Alexander McKee at abmckee@udel.edu by March 1, 2019.

Conference Location: Toronto, Canada
Conference Starts: October 17, 2019
Conference Ends: October 20, 2019

CFP Submission Deadline: March 01, 2019

For more information, contact: Alexander McKee

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