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Alternative Modernisms

The rationale for this event is to explore some of the key concepts outlined in what has come to be called the New Modernism Studies: to test their viability, the scope of their application, and their utility as critical coordinates for present and future research.

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The Waste Land at 100

For 100 years, T. S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' has stood at the pinnacle of modern poetic achievement in the English language: by turns baffling, seducing, electrifying, alienating, and engaging generations of readers. What does it mean to read the poem today? How have changing critical fashions altered the reception of a work once considered essential? Who teaches it anymore? What aspects seem to have aged poorly; what ones well? Where is its influence being felt today? Over the course of the day, we will probe the lasting significance of a masterpiece still as controversial as it is unavoidable.

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The Waste Land 100th Birthday Celebration

Join us at the State Library to mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.

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