The T. S. Eliot Society

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The T. S. Eliot Studies Annual Seminar Prize

The Eliot Society will award a prize at its annual meeting to the best seminar paper presented by an early-career scholar. Graduate students and recent PhDs who attend a seminar are eligible (degree received within the past four years for those not yet employed in a tenure-track position; the past two years for those holding tenure-track positions). For consideration, papers must be submitted as Microsoft Word attachments to by September 1 with the subject line “Seminar Prize Submission.” The winning paper will present original research and a persuasive argument in clear, fluent prose; it will also respect the length requirements of a typical position paper (5 pp. double spaced). The winner will receive a monetary prize and a copy of the following year’s Annual.

Registration for 2018 Peer Seminars is now closed

2018 Memorial Lecturer: David E. Chinitz

T. S. Eliot Society Annual Meeting

Meeting at Emory University in 2018, the Eliot Society will celebrate the publication of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot, a major editorial project led by Ronald Schuchard of Emory and digitized at the university’s Beck Center for Electronic Collections. To mark this occasion, we are pleased to present as our memorial lecturer the coeditor of Volume 6, David E. Chinitz, who will speak on questions of annotation in the new Eliot editions.

Chinitz, professor of English at Loyola University Chicago, revolutionized Eliot studies in 2003 with his brilliant and exhaustively documented T. S. Eliot and the Cultural Divide, exploring Eliot’s debts to and affection for popular culture. He is also the author of Which Sin To Bear? Authenticity and Compromise in Langston Hughes (Oxford, 2013), editor of the Blackwell Companion to T. S. Eliot and coeditor, with Gail McDonald, of the Blackwell Companion to Modernist Poetry. With Ronald Schuchard, he coedited The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot, Volume 6: The War Years, 1940-1946, which was released in 2017. He served as president of the Modernist Studies Association in 2013-14 and as president of the T. S. Eliot Society from 2010 through 2012; he remains with the Eliot Society as its treasurer and webmaster. With Pamela Caughie, he co-directs Modernist Networks, the federation and aggregation site for digital projects in modernist studies.

A New York-area native, Chinitz received his BA from Amherst College, MS in applied mathematics from Brown University, and PhD in English from Columbia University. He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as from the Center for Ethics at Loyola. An amateur classical pianist for many years, he is more recently the founder and musical director of a madrigals choir at Loyola in which he also sings bass.

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