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THE T. S. ELIOT INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL 7-15 JULY 2018 PROGRAMME

From Monday through Friday the morning lectures at 9:30 and 11:00 will take place in the Court Room (Senate House, First Floor); the tea / coffee and lunch breaks will take place in the Jessel Room (Senate House, First Floor). The second lecture on Wednesday will take place at 2:00; the seminars on that day will meet from 11:00-12:30.

The seminars will be held in different locations around Senate House.

After the seminars, students and faculty often gather at a pub, The Lamb, 92 Lambs Conduit Street (near International Hall) to chat more informally about Eliot and the literary world.

Saturday 7 July - Welcome - Colm Tóibín

17:00-18:00                 Arrival and registration (Senate House, Grand Lobby, First Floor);

Sign in, pick up programme packets.

18:00                           Welcome Ceremonies (Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor)

Andrew Nash, Acting Director, Institute of English Studies; Ronald Schuchard and Warwick Gould, Co-Directors of the Summer School.

Opening address by Colm Tόibín, Irish novelist, playwright, poet, critic

19:00                          Drinks reception and hors d’oeuvres generously provided by the T. S. Eliot Foundation (Grand Lobby).

Sunday 8 July - Trip to Little Gidding

Trip to Little Gidding

9.00 - Departure for Little Gidding (from International Hall)

11.00-17.00 -  The Annual T. S. Eliot Festival

A joint programme of the Eliot Summer School with the Friends of Little Gidding and the T. S. Eliot Society of the UK. Reading of Little Gidding and visiting the Chapel. Summer Lunch on the grounds.

The Annual Little Gidding Lecture: Seamus Perry, “Eliot, Auden, and the Voices of Christianity.”

Brief Report on The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot and The Letters of T. S. Eliot.

An annual tradition: “My favourite Eliot”: participants read from Eliot’s poems.  Departure for London

Monday 9 July

9:30                             Ronald Schuchard, “Eliot’s Intellectual Soul: Sceptical Mind, Spiritual Will”

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Anthony Cuda, “Reasons to be Late: Eliot, Narrative, and Belatedness”

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars

                                    Free evening in London / Social gathering in The Lamb.

Tuesday 10 July

9:30                             Frances Dickey, “Sensation, Memory, and the Colour Line in Eliot’s St. Louis”

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           John Haffenden, “‘Literary Dowsing’: Valerie Eliot and the Editing of The Waste Land”

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars

Wednesday 11 July

9:30                             William Marx, “‘My words echo thus’: Eliot at Bergson’s Lectures”

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00-12:30                 Seminars

12:45                           Lunch (generously sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Press)

2:00                             Dame Hermione Lee, “‘That is not what I mean at all’: Stoppard and Eliot”

Thursday 12 July

9:30                             John Xiros Cooper, “Leaving Europe: Dunkirk, Brexit, and Eliot’s Four                           Quartets

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Jahan Ramazani, “T. S. Eliot, (Un)Translatability, and World Poetry”

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars       

Friday 13 July

9:30                             Hannah Sullivan, “Eliot and the Art of Abandonment”

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Mark Ford, “Eliot’s London”

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars

18:30                           Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Poetry reading and signing. At the London Library, 14 St. James’s Square; followed by a reception

Saturday 14 July - Trip to Burnt Norton

9:00                             Departure for Burnt Norton (from International Hall)

12:00-16:00                 Picnic and walking the grounds and dry pools of Burnt Norton. Reading of Burnt Norton

The Annual Burnt Norton Lecture: Lyndall Gordon, “‘What might have been and what has been’: Eliot and Women”; followed by a panel discussion; departure for London.

 

Sunday 15 July

10:00                            Optional: Depart to attend 11:00 service at St. Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, where Eliot was a church warden for thirty years.

13:00-15:00                

Meet at Monument Tube Station for walking tour of Eliot’s City of London; cross London Bridge for feast and farewells at the George Inn.

Led by Carey Karmel  and Mark Storey.