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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Inventions of the Text Seminar Series

Inventions of the Text complements our Research Seminar series. Inventions is organised by a team of postgraduate researchers, and combines papers by academics from Durham and beyond with presentations by PhD students. Seminars run roughly every couple of weeks during term time, with around eight or nine events a year. After each seminar, attendees are welcome to socialise with the speaker(s) over dinner. They are generally for University staff and students, although sometimes open to the public.

Forthcoming Inventions of the Text Seminars

Eliot's Shakespeare

9th November 2011, 16:30 to 18:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Jason Harding

An Inventions of the Text seminar

'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.

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