2013 Memorial Lecturer: Jahan Ramazani
Jahan Ramazani is Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. His 2013 Eliot Society lecture on “T. S. Eliot, Poetry, and Prayer” will draw from his forthcoming book, Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres. Ramazani has authored many notable books including, most recently, A Transnational Poetics (2009), winner of the 2011 Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, awarded for the best book in comparative literary history published in the years 2008 to 2010. The citation for this prize called Ramazani's book “breathtaking in its global scope and critical incisiveness,” noting that “the spectrum of issues and poets treated in this book is nothing short of stunning.” Previous books include The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English (2001); Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney (1994), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Yeats and the Poetry of Death: Elegy, Self-Elegy, and the Sublime (1990). He edited the most recent edition of the Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry (2003) and, with Jon Stallworthy, The Twentieth Century and After in the Norton Anthology of English Literature (2006, 2012). He is also an associate editor of the new Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012).
Ramazani grew up in a family where he often heard Persian poetry recited. After he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1981, a Rhodes scholarship took him to Oxford, where he studied modern literature with Richard Ellmann. Ramazani wrote his dissertation on Yeats at Yale University before joining the University of Virginia’s faculty. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH Fellowship, the William Riley Parker Prize of the MLA, and the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University of Virginia’s highest honor.
Call for Papers: Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture Since 1900
The T. S. Eliot Society will again sponsor a session at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville, Feb. 20–22, 2014. Abstracts on any subject reasonably related to Eliot are invited, but those concerned with Eliot as editor, editing Eliot, or any aspect of the compositional/editorial process are particularly welcome.
Those interested should send a 300-word abstract to John Morgenstern (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Sept. 13, 2013. Please include your academic affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, and a brief biographical note with your abstract.
For further information, please visit the conference website.