3 November 2011

T.S.Eliot's Shakespeare on 9th November

Please join us for the second seminar in the Inventions of the Text 2011/12 series:

Jason Harding

T.S.Eliot’s Shakespeare


9th November 2011

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Department of English Studies,

Hallgarth House Seminar Room



'T. S. Eliot's Shakespeare': This paper argues that Shakespeare is the most persistent presence in Eliot's poetry and criticism throughout his writing career, tracing the long arc of Eliot's Shakespeare from the iconoclasm of the early avant-garde provocateur which, in due course, was obliged to give way to the need to accommodate the greatness of Shakespearean tragedy to Christian belief, before a final period in which the modern verse dramatist sought to do justice not only to the 'musical' but the 'dramatic' excellence of Shakespeare's language.


Jason Harding is Reader in English Studies at Durham University and Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. His publications include a critical history of interwar British literary journalism, 'The Criterion' (Oxford, 2002), the edited collections 'T S Eliot and the Concept of Tradition' (Cambridge, 2007) and 'T S Eliot in Context' (Cambridge, 2011) and over forty articles, essays and reviews in books and in various journals, including the TLS, the London Review of Books, Modernism/Modernity, The Cambridge Quarterly and Essays in Criticism.


Inventions of the Text is the Department of English Studies staff-student forum, run by postgraduate students. It is an opportunity for postgraduate students and staff to present their research, and to contribute to lively discussion on key issues raised.

Full programme for the academic year 2011/12 will be announced shortly. All sessions will be held in the Hallgarth House Seminar Room on Hallgarth Street and followed by drinks and discussion at the Victoria pub, Hallgarth Street.

If you would like to participate, contribute a paper, or if you have any questions, please email inventionsofthetext@gmail.com. For further updates find us on Facebook, or visit our blog http://inventionsofthetext.blogspot.com


Annabel, Avishek and Kaja

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