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Keynote speaker: Jahan Ramazani, University of Virginia

1. CALL FOR PAPERS. The Society invites proposals for papers to be presented at the annual meeting in St. Louis. Clearly organized proposals of about 300 words, on any topic reasonably related to Eliot, along with biographical sketches, should be forwarded by June 15, 2013, to the President, Michael Coyle, by email (

Papers given by graduate students and scholars receiving their doctoral degrees no more than two years before the date of the meeting will be considered for the Fathman Young Scholar Award. Those eligible for this award should mention the fact in their submission.

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2. CALL FOR PEER SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS. Led by Anita Patterson, this MSA-style seminar will focus on the topic of ELIOT AND ASIA. Recent debates about globalization and transnationalism in literary studies have raised interest in how the Asian "Orient" inspired modernist innovations in "Occidental" societies. This seminar invites papers that explore how transpacific intercultural dialogue figures in Eliot's poetry or may have shaped the guiding principles of his modernism. Which texts, individuals, or life experiences fostered Eliot's interest in Asia, and how did his study of these traditions, in turn, catalyze his development as a poet and critic? How does he regard the role of translation in this context? Where is there clearest evidence of Eliot's response to the literatures, religions, and arts of Asia, and how does this response compare with that of Pound, Williams, Moore, Stein, Stevens, or other authors? Does Eliot's collocation of Asian and non-Asian perspectives in his poetry mark a significant departure from hegemonic "Orientalism," in Said's sense? These questions are meant only to be suggestive, and participants are more than welcome to adopt other approaches to the general topic.

Anita Patterson is Professor of English at Boston University, where she teaches courses on American literature, modernism, and black literatures of the Americas. She is author, most recently, of Race, American Literature and Transnational Modernisms (Cambridge UP, 2008), and is co-editor of the book review section for Twentieth-Century Literature. She is currently working on a book about Japonisme and the emergence of American modernism, drawing on works by Eliot, Pound, Fenollosa, Okakura, La Farge, Noguchi, and others.

The seminar is open to the first 15 registrants; registration will close July 1st. Seminarians will submit 4-5 page position papers by email, no later than September 1st. To sign up, or for answers to questions, please write Frances Dickey ( or visit our website (

Conference Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Conference Starts: September 27, 2013
Conference Ends: September 29, 2013

CFP Submission Deadline: June 15, 2013

For more information, contact: Michael Coyle