T.S. Eliot, Dante, and the European Tradition: An International Symposium
From: Tuesday, February 19, 2008  To: Monday, February 25, 2008

  And by:
Prof. Temur Kobakhidze (Chair, Department of English, Metekhi National University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia)
Prof. Paul Douglass (Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, U.S.A.)



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ponsored by:
Vivahotels "Art in our HeArt"
In collaboration with:
British Institute of Florence

Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G.P. Vieusseux in Florence, Tuscan-American Association in Florence
Town of Florence, Florence University, Department of Italian
U.S. Consulate General in Florence

Organisation by:
Promo Florence Events

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Programme: Saturday, January 19 Participants and Accompanying persons Afternoon Arrival 18,00: Words of Welcome. Introduction of the Seminar Programme and Speakers Pitti Palace Hotel, Sala Rosa (-1st floor) Evening 19,00: ‘Get together Dinner’ in hotel Pitti Palace Hotel, Rooftop restaurant 6th floor ________________________________________ Sunday, January 20 8,30: meeting point in front of Pitti Palace Hotel Morning Session I: 9:30-10:30 Gabinetto Viesseux, Sala Ferri - Piazza Strozzi (Strozzi Palace), ground floor, Florence Chair: Professor Temur Kobakhdize Keynote Presentation: Professor Jewel Spears Brooker, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA Enlarging Immediate Experience: Bradley and Dante in Eliot’s Aesthetic Morning Session II: 11:00-1:00 Chair: Professor Temur Kobakhidze 1. Dr. Randy Malamud, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA Dante as Guide to Eliot’s Competing Traditions 2. Dr. Claudia Corti, University of Florence, Florence, Italy T.S. Eliot, Tradition, and Hermeneutics 3. Mr. Craig Woelfel, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA The Waste Land and Dante's Poetics of Revelation 4. Mrs. Tamari Cheishvili, Akaki Tsereteli State University, Kutaisi, Georgia Dante's Perception in T. S. Eliot's Essay "Dante" Participants and Accompanying persons 13,15: Light lunch Afternoon 15,00: Visit to ‘House of Dante’, Via S. Margherita, 1, Florence 19,30: Dinner ___________________________________ Monday, January 21 Morning Session III: 9:30-11:00 Florence University, Department of Italian, Aula Grande (1st floor) – Piazza Savonarola 1, Florence Chair: Professor Paul Douglass 1. Professor Nancy K. Gish, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine, USA Gerontion, The Waste Land, and the Dissociation of Consciousness 2. Dr. David Summers, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, USA Paradise Tossed: The Truncated Dantean Pilgrimage in Eliot’s Major Poems 3. Dr. Simten Gurac, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA Impossible Body, Invisible Pain: The Waste Land from Dante to Eliot Morning Session IV: 11:30-1:00 Chair: Professor Nancy K. Gish 1. Dr. Arianna Antonielli, University of Florence, Florence, Italy Dantesque Perspectives in T.S. Eliot’s Inventions of the March Hare 2. Dr. Massimo Bacigalupo, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy Types of Ecstasy – Paradise Regained in Eliot and American Modernism 3. Dr. Jennifer Cook, Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA Sign and Sacrament: Anamnesis from Dante to Eliot to Jones Participants and Accompanying persons 13,15: Light lunch Afternoon 15,30: Visit to Corsini Palace, Via Parione, 11, Florence Evening (on request – not included in the fee) Dinner in a typical restaurant ________________________________________ Tuesday, January 22 Palazzo Vecchio – Salone dei Duecento, Florence (in collaboration with Town of Florence) 9,00 Welcome of authorities Dr.ssa Moira Macfarlane, British Consul Morning Session V: 9:30-11:00 Chair: Dr. Jewel Spears Brooker 1. Professor Anthony Cuda, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA By the Light of Virgil’s Lantern 2. Professor Temur Kobakhidze, Metekhi National University, Tbilisi, Georgia Squaring the Circle: Dantesque Aspects of “The point of intersection of the timeless with time” 3. Dr. Fabio Vericat, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain The Lady of the Window is not Beatrice: Philosophic Consolation and Allegorical Impersonation in T. S. Eliot’s Reception of Vita Nuova Morning Session VI: 11:30-1:00 Chair: Dr. Nancy K. Gish 1. Dr. Viorica Patea, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain Eliot, Dante and the Poetics of a ‘Unified Sensibility’ 2. Mr. Andrija Matic, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia T. S. Eliot, Dante and Irony 3. Ingrid Soren, Saffron Walden, Essex, England ‘We are born with the dead’: T. S. Eliot and Dante in Conversation Participants and Accompanying persons 15,00: Visit to Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Garden , Via Piazza de’Pitti, 1, Florence or (on request – not included in the fee – minimum 20 participants) Excursion to Siena and San Gimignano. Departure at 13,00 by bus with English-speaking guide. Box Lunch. Dinner in Siena in a typical restaurant. Return to Florence after dinner. ________________________________________ Wednesday, January 23 Morning Session VII: 9:30-11:00 Gabinetto Viesseux, Sala Ferri - Piazza Strozzi (Strozzi Palace), ground floor, Florence Chair: Dr. Jewel Spears Brooker 1. Dr. Paul Douglass, San José State University, San José, California, USA T.S. Eliot’s European Tradition: The Roles of Dante Alighieri and Matthew Arnold 2. Dr. John Xiros Cooper, University of British Columbia, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada T. S. Eliot’s Die Einheit der Europäischen Kultur (1946) and the Idea of European Union 3. Dr. Patrick Query, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, USA ‘That the Pattern May Subsist’: Eliot, Verse Drama, and the Mind of Europe Respondent: Mr. Will Gray, University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland Morning Session VIII: 11:30-1:00 Chair: Professor Paul Douglass 1. Notable Presentation: Professor Padmanabhan Sri, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, Canada The Dantean Rose and the Hindu-Buddhist Lotus in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot 2. Brief Comments: Vladimir Skorodenko, the Margarita Rudomino Library for Foreign Literature in Moscow, Russia Russian translations of "La Divina Commedia" and T.S.Eliot's terzas in "Little Gidding" Participants and Accompanying persons 13,15: Light lunch Afternoon 15,00: Visit to the Accademia Gallery’, Via Ricasoli 58 – 60, Florence 18:00 British Institute of Florence - Lungarno Guicciardini 9, Florence Richard Burns, poet-in-residence at the Symposium, Bye-Fellow, Downing College, Cambridge and Preceptor, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge A poetry reading from recent work followed by informal discussion and questions 20,30: Dinner ________________________________________ Thursday, January 24 Morning Session IX: 9:30-10:30 British Institute of Florence - Lungarno Guicciardini 9, Florence Chair: Paul Douglass Keynote Presentation: Professor Dominic Manganiello, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada ‘Dante, e poi Dante’: T.S. Eliot, Wendell Berry and ‘Europe’s Epic’ Morning Session X: 11:00-1:00 Chair: Professor Temur Kobakhidze 1. Dr. Stefano Maria Casella, Libera Universite di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM Milan/Feltre, Italy ‘… Restoring / With a new verse the ancient rhyme’ T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound’s poetic homage to Dante (‘Little Gidding’ II and Canto 72) 2. Mr. William Malcuit, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, USA Dante, Ezra Pound, and the Poetics of Exile 3. Professor Irakli Tskhvediani, Akaki Tsereteli State University, Kutaisi, Georgia Dante, Eliot and Joyce: Creating Order out of Chaos 4. Dr. Mafruha Mohua, Queen Mary, University of London, England T. S. Eliot and Dante: The Anxiety of Romantic Contamination Participants and Accompanying persons 13,15: Light lunch Afternoon 15,00: Visit to the Uffizi Museum, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence 18,30 – cocktail at U. S. Consulate General in Florence, Lungarno A. Vespucci 38, Florence (on special invitation) ________________________________________ Friday, January 25 Morning Session XI: 9:00-10:30 Gabinetto Viesseux, Sala Ferri - Piazza Strozzi (Strozzi Palace), ground floor, Florence Chair: Professor Temur Kobakhidze 1. Professor Carl Schmidt, Balliol College, Oxford University, Oxford, England T. S. Eliot, Bernard Berenson and the Theory of Impersonality in Art 2. Professor Neli Moody, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USA Shades of the Earthly and Divine: Contour, Perspective and Invention in Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus,’ and T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ 3. Dr. Stephen Tapscott, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA ‘Another Way of Saying Whitman’: Dante, Influence, Iconicity Morning Session XII: 11:00-1:00 Chair: Professor Padmanabhan Sri, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, Canada 1. Prof. Arnaldo Bruni, Prof. Antonella Francini, Prof. Sergio Risaliti University of Florence/ Dpt. of Italian –Florence (Italy) Rewriting Dante (Literature, Art, Music in Russia, USA, Italy), special issue of Semicerchio. Rivista di poesia comparata, 2007 2. Professor Mario Domenichelli University of Florence/Dpt of Modern Philology - Florence (Italy) "Poi s'ascose nel foco che gli affina". Memory and oblivion: Figures of fire, light, silence and the still point of the turning world in T. S. Eliots' Poetry 3. Mr. Didac Llorens-Cubedo, Universitat Jaume I, Castello, Spain Dantean Inspiration of Two Images in T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets: The Still Point and Midwinter Spring 4. Dr. Olga Ushakova, Tyumen State University, Tyumen, Russia Journey Towards Dante: T.S. Eliot and Anna Akhmatova Conclusions and presentation of new programmes for the next year Participants and Accompanying persons Light lunch Afternoon Free Evening 19,30: ‘Final Dinner ’in hotel Pitti Palace Hotel, Rooftop restaurant 6th floor .________________________________________ January 26, 2008 Morning Departure For PAYMENT OF PARTICIPATION FEE, ACCOMMODATION AND SERVICES PACKAGE: http://www.fly-events.com/regform/register.asp?idev=9 DEADLINE FOR PAYMENTS: DECEMBER 15, 2007 Further information can be requested at the Secretary Office of PROMO FLORENCE EVENTS, tel. 0039 055 28 55 88, fax 0039 055 28 32 60, info@promoflorenceevents.com, www.promoflorenceevents.com.
 
Papers presented


Dr. Arianna Antonielli
University of Florence - Florence (Italy)


Prof. MASSIMO BACIGALUPO
UNIVERSITY OF GENOA - GENOVA (ITALY)


Mrs. Jamie Noel Berlin
Eastern Michigan University - Ypsilanti (U.S.A.)


Prof. Jewel Spears Brooker
Eckerd College - St. Petersburg, Florida (usa)


Mr. Richard Burns
Corpus Christi College - Cambridge (UK)


Dr. Stefano Maria CASELLA
Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM (MIlano/Feltre) - Milan (Italy)


Mrs. Tamari Cheishvili
Akaki Tsereteli State University - Kutaisi (Georgia)


Dr. Jennifer Carol Cook
Bentley College - Waltham (USA)


Dr. John Xiros Cooper
University of British Columbia - Vancouver BC (Canada)


Prof. CLAUDIA CORTI
Dept. of Arts and Theatre History (Dipartimento Storia delle Arti e dello Spettacolo - Florence (Italy)


Prof. Anthony Cuda
University of North Carolina, Greensboro - Greensboro (USA)


Prof. Mario Domenichelli
University of Florence/Dpt of Modern Philology - Florence (Italy)


Mr. Paul Douglass
Department of English and Comparative Literature - San Jose (United States of America)


Prof. Nancy Gish
University of Southern Maine - Portland, ME (USA)


Dr. SIMTEN GURAC
ARIZONA STATE UNI. DEPT. of ENGLISH - TEMPE, AZ (USA)


Prof. Temur Kobakhidze
Metekhi National University of Tbilisi - Tbilisi (Georgia)


Mr. Didac Llorens-Cubedo
Universitat Jaume I - Castello (Spain)


Dr. Randy Malamud
Department of English - Atlanta, GA (USA)


Mr. William Malcuit
Loyola University Chicago - Chicago (USA)


Prof. Dominic Manganiello
University of Ottawa, Dept. of English - Ottawa (Canada)


Mr. ANDRIJA MATIC
FACULTY OF PHILOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE, SERBIA - BELGRADE (SERBIA)


Dr. MAFRUHA MOHUA
QUEEN MARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON - LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)


Prof. Neli Moody
San Jose State University - San Jose (USA)


Dr. Viorica Patea
Universidad de Salamanca, Departamento de Filología inglesa - Salamanca (Spain)


Dr. Patrick Query
U.S. Military Academy - West Point, NY (USA)


Mrs. rosamond richardson
ingrid soren - saffron walden (United Kingdom)


Mr. Carl Schmidt
Balliol College - Oxford (UK)


Prof. PADMANABHAN SRI
ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE OF CANADA - KINGSTON ON (CANADA)


Dr. David Summers
Capital University - Columbus, Ohio (USA)


Prof. Stephen Tapscott
Literature / Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA (USA)


Prof. Irakli Tskhvediani
Akaki Tsereteli State University - Kutaisi (Georgia)


Dr. Olga Ushakova
Tyumen State University - Tyumen (Russia)


Dr. Fabio L. Vericat
Universidad Complutense - Madrid (Spain)


Mr. Craig Woelfel
University of Notre Dame - South Bend, IN (USA)