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Religion, Philosophy and Myth in T.S. Eliot’s Poetry Colloquium CFP deadline March 2013


Religion, Philosophy and Myth in T.S. Eliot’s Poetry


Call for Papers


Plenary Speaker: Professor Valentine Cunningham

(Author of British Writers of the Thirties Reading After Theory)

Seminar Leader: Dr Jane Dowson

(Author of Women, Modernism and British Poetry, 1910-1939: Resisting Femininity)


Colloquium at University of Leicester, 6th September 2013


This colloquium responds to the burgeoning critical interest in the religious and spiritual themes within literary modernismAs Barry Spurr argues in Anglo-Catholic in Religion: T.S. Eliot and Christianity (2010), there is yet much scope for reconsidering Eliot’s poetry vis-à-vis his religious position. Eliot’s modernist poetics are inseparable from his spiritual sensibility, and his Anglo-Catholic belief was shaped by other discursiveinfluences such as anthropology and philosophy. Furthermore, Eliot’s spiritual development was not a logicalmatter and his devotional poetry is rarely didactic or transparent. This colloquium seeks to pay particular attention to the religious nuances of Eliot’s poetic development.


As a colloquium, the day will consist of discussion of papers which are submitted in full and circulated to all participants in advance. We welcome papers that consider the religious/spiritual implications of T.S. Eliot’s poetry. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:


Anglo-Catholic belief

Prufrock, a meaningless life and the quest for spiritual fulfilment

Traditions of religious poetry

Mythography/New Criticism and restoring the waste land

The use of biblical metaphor

Ariel Poems and revelation

Modernist poetics and expressions of faith in a post-religious context

Ash-Wednesday, faith and lack of faith

Biblical prophets of doom or salvation

Four Quartets and the movement of time


Please send proposals of 250-300 words to Dr Scott Freer (author of Modernist Mythopoeia:The Twilight of the GodsPalgrave 2013), by 31st March 2013. Delegates must submit completed papers(approx. 4,000 words) by 20th July 2013. Publishers will be approached with a proposal for a collection of essays based on the colloquium.