Call for Papers:
T.S. Eliot, Dante, and the European Tradition 
An International Symposium
Florence, Italy
January 19th - 26th 2008

T.S. Eliot was influenced by Dante Alighieri and loved the culture of 
Florence and Italy. He wrote poems and essays dedicated to Italy and Dante, 
and re-introduced Dante to the Twentieth-century English-speaking world. 
This international symposium will focus upon the influence of Dante upon 
Twentieth-century English and American Modernist literature through the 
medium of T.S. Eliot's criticism and poetry. Possible topics include, but 
are not limited to:

■ Dante's Influence on or Presence in Eliot's Poetry and Criticism 
■ Dantean Motifs in Modernist Poetry ■ Eliot, Modernist Poetry, 
and the Italian Visual Art of the Renaissance ■ The Divine Comedy and 
major modernist works (e.g., Four Quartets,
        Ulysses, The Cantos . . . )
■	Dante's Perception in Modernist Literary Theory
■	Anglo-European Dante Scholarship of the Twentieth Century
■	Dante and Eliot 
■	Any other topic appropriate to the theme 

Participants should be scholars or critics of literature and/or other arts. 
Attendance of younger researchers is encouraged. The symposium will take 
place under the sponsorship of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation 
(, and the number of participants is 
restricted to 30.

For the Symposium website please click here:

Proposals of 100 to 250 words or completed papers may be sent by regular 
mail or as email attachments to either of the co-organizers:

▬ Professor Temur Kobakhidze, American Studies Graduate Program, 
Metekhi National University of Tbilisi, 2 Shota Nishnianidze Street, 0105, 
Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. (email: [log in to unmask])
▬ Professor Paul Douglass, English Department, San Jose State 
University, San Jose, California, U.S.A. 95192-0090 (email: 
[log in to unmask])

Participants will experience the pleasures of intellectual exchange in the 
environs of Florence, staying at a three star hotel and enjoying daily 
excursions and activities, as well as free time to explore the city.