I have never been very active on the list but I have been carefully reading
all the major discussions for over 6 years. Some of your info on TSE's
poetry and criticism, so generously outspoken in these discussions helped
me to complete some of research which was very important to me, and to
start new one, perhaps equally important. I remember Pat Sloane (may God
rest her soul in peace), Umberto Rossi, Arwin van Arum and others who do
not any more contribute to the list.
When I read Jennifer's, or Peter's, or Rick's comments (sorry for not
mentioning all the names, I do not remember them all right now) I am
impressed by the scholarly knowledge of Eliot's poetry these people have
acquired through years of reading and research. Sadly enough, my own books
and articles are published mostly in Georgian which is my native tongue and
are, therefore, unknown to the English-speaking audience.
What I am saying is that this list is a unique international community of
scholars and enthusiasts, which deserves that its members know each other
personally (though some of you of course do), or have an opportunity to
discuss Eliot's poetry at non-virtual, real-life meetings.
That's why I hoped you might be interested in participating in a symposium
on 'T.S.Eliot, Dante, and the European Tradition' we are planning for 2008
in Florence, Italy.
The topic of the conference is in fact the interrelation history of
Anglo-American Modernism with the Italian culture, and in a broader sense
with the European culture on the whole. So we hoped that part of your
research interests would correspond to this topic, as the List discussions
often reflect the very essence of the conference subject. Therefore, we
would highly appreciate it if some of you find time to attend the
conference and make a presentation.
'We' are the co-organizers of the symposium, Professor Paul Douglass of San
Jose State University, San Jose, CA, and myself, Professor Temur Kobakhidze
of Metekhi National University, Tbilisi, Georgia. The symposium is
sponsored by Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, and Promo Florence Events,
Florence, Italy, and is scheduled for 19-25 January, 2008.
Please see attached draft of a call for papers and programmme.
For further information, please see the Symposium website:
Professor Temur Kobakhidze
Chair, Department of English,
Director, American Studies Graduate Program,
Metekhi National University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel.: +995 (32) 99 73 93; Fax: +995 (32) 93 40 93