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Call for Abstracts/ Articles: Gendered Constructions/ Construction Genrées

19 Nov

Romanica Silesiana
Vol. 8/2012
Guest Editors: Zuzanna Szatanik and Michał Krzykawski

They are seen as black therefore they are black; they are seen as women, therefore, they are women. But before being seen that way, they first had to be made that way.

Monique Wittig[1]

Within Anglo-American academia, gender studies and feminist theory are recognized to be creditible, fully institutionalized fields of knowledge. In France, however, their standing appears to be considerably lower. One could risk the statement that while in Anglo-American academic world, gender studies have developed into a valid and independent critical theory, the French academe is wary of any discourse that subverts traditional universalism and humanism. A notable example of this suspiciousness is the fact that Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble: Feminism and a Subversion of Identity, whose publication in 1990 marked a breakthrough moment for the development of both gender studies and feminist theory, was not translated into French until 2005. It seems then that in this respect not much has changed in French literary studies since 1981, when Jean d’Ormesson welcomed the first woman, Marguerite Yourcenar, to the French Academy with a speech which stressed that the Academy “was not changing with the times, redefining itself in the light of the forces of feminism. Yourcenar just happened to be a woman.”[2]

Even though, however, the resistance of the French academia towards gender studies and feminist theory is one of the central topics of our interest, we are also interested in how this resistance has at times been overcome. After all, the so-called “French Feminism” has been a significant point of reference for Anglo-American feminisms, and the dialectic between them has shaped dominant Western discourses of gender. We are also curious to explore how both the discrepancies and the dialogs work within the Canadian context, between the academes and literatures of the Anglophone Canada and Quebec, as well as in other Romance cultures. With this in mind, we would like to welcome papers whose topics might include, but in no way are limited to, the following:

1)     The (problematic) place of feminist theory, gender studies, and queer studies in Romance academia.
2)     Canadian feminism vs. Quebec feminism.
3)     Literary constructions of femininity and masculinity in Romance and Canadian literatures.
4)     “Woman” as a metaphor. The mechanisms of power in literary texts.
5)     Sex and gender in public discourses. Gender vs. national identity.
6)     The politics of sex and gender vs. literature.
7)     Queer identities in Romance literatures.

Brief article abstracts of c. 350-400 words, together with a short biographical note, should be e-mailed to Zuzanna Szatanik (PhD) at by November 30, 2012. After the selection process is completed (by December 15, 2012), the editors will invite authors to submit completed articles by February 15, 2013.

We also welcome reviews / summaries (3-4 page-long) of recently published theoretical works related to the issues in question.
[1] Monique Wittig, “One Is Not Born a Woman”. In: The Straight Mind and Other Essays. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992, p. 12.
[2] Faith E. Beasley, Salons, History, and the Creation of 17th Century France. Mastering Memory. Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2006, p. 2. [my italics]
—–Source: IASA Newsletter, 19 Nov. 2012


My Visit with Mrs. T. S. Eliot (Valerie Eliot) at the Kensington Home

19 Nov


My Visit with Mrs. T. S. Eliot (Valerie Eliot) at the Kensington Home
By Tatsushi Narita

I met Mrs. T. S. Eliot back in 1983. For a reason I shall mention presently, she invited me for an afternoon tea to the Kensington Court Garden home. As I knocked on the door, it was Valerie Eliot who came forward to open it. The first thing that I noticed was a superb welcome of smile and nod that came from what I would call the ever-vigilant keeper of the T. S. Eliot house. I was ushered in to a spacious room in which she must have welcomed Igor Stravinsky, for example, together with her late husband. Mrs. Eliot entertained me with cups of tea, cakes she said she baked herself, sherry and conversation.

Years ago I discovered a piece of new biographical evidence. It revealed a new fascinating fact that T. S. Eliot in his mid-teens explored the 1904 World Fair which was held in St. Louis he was born and raised in. I sent an essay focusing on that discovery to Mrs. T. S. Eliot. On 27 July 1982 she replied to me, saying: “I congratulate you on your discovery of his Stockholder’s Coupon ticket for the 1904 World Fair”. Importantly, she added, “He never mentioned this Fair to me and although I am editing his Correspondence at present I have found no reference to it so far”.

Several months later the late Rev. Walter J. Ong, St. Louis University recommended me to examine primary materials preserved in Britain and specifically stay at St. Edmund House, Cambridge. I wrote to Mrs. T. S. Eliot, saying that I am applying for a brief stay at the college. She immediately responded to me on 14 June 1983, saying “If, as I hope, you are successful in your application to St. Edmund’s House, Cambridge, perhaps I shall have the pleasure of meeting you”.

During the afternoon she busied herself with serving me and conversing with me. From time to time she paced between the room and her kitchen and also between the room and the other room of her own “aged mother to look after”.

It was my great privilege to have received directly from the by-then acclaimed editor a gift of the facsimile edition of The Waste Land. Before handing a copy of the book to me, she did not fail to write an inscription before me. She spent some time in recounting an episode occurring during a trip overseas which the poet and Valerie were taking. Once when, in a hotel, they were relaxing in a sofa, a stalker reporter hid himself behind it, pricking up his ears.

Valerie seemed to be fairly interested in how I understand the poet T. S. Eliot. The specific question she put to me was: In what way did I think he was American? My reply was that during his American days his basic accent should have been characterized by the nasal drawl of the U. S. South. But being immediately conscious that was not a sufficient reply, I was perplexed and kept thinking walking all the way up north to the Paddington Station. Quite often I still say to myself when I write about the poet: What part did the poet’s American days play for him? I might be still grappling deep-down with the question put to me years ago by Mrs. Valerie Eliot.

In a word, I enjoyed an afternoon tea of well over an hour and a half. At present I do appreciate her genuine hospitality and cordial welcome extended to me more than ever before, hospitality and welcome deriving, in the last analysis, from her incorrigibly serious level of an explorer of the poet T. S. Eliot.

In 1988, the centennial year of the poet’s birth, Valerie brought out The Letters of T. S. Eliot, Volume 1. In its “Biographical Commentary”, she put in a succinct description of my discovery: “1904: [T. S. Eliot] visits the St. Louis World’s Fair”.


IASA’s “Emory Elliott Award”

18 Nov
Sunday, November 18, 2012 4:16 AM
Dear IASA Members,

below you will find the announcement of the 2013 Emory Elliott Award (as you will remember, at the Rio Congress we awarded the Prize for the first time). 

I hope you will widely circulate this announcement and actively encourage graduate students and young scholars to submit their proposals by the due date.

I thank you for your collaboration,

All best,

Giorgio Mariani
IASA President

Emory Elliott Award for Outstanding Paper Presented at an IASA World Conference (Szczecin, Poland, 3–6 August 2013)


IASA announces a special award to honor the memory of Professor Emory Elliott (1942-2009) in recognition of his contribution to American Studies. He supported an international outlook and encouraged young scholars and professionals both in North America and in other countries around the world, and served for many years on the Executive Council of IASA.

Starting in 2011, the award will be given to an outstanding paper submitted for an IASA conference. It will carry a special citation and an honorarium to help partially meet the expenses of travel to the IASA conference. The award recipient will present her/his paper at a special session of the conference. The award-winning paper and up to two other highly commended papers from the competition will be published in the proceedings of the conference, or in other resulting publications in print, or in RIAS: Review of International American Studies, which is IASA’s refereed e-journal.


Keeping in view how Prof. Elliott went out of his way to encourage young scholars and faculty in the early and middle stages of their career, the eligibility for the award is restricted to junior or mid-level professionals (within 10 years of obtaining their terminal degree) regardless of nationality, academic affiliation, or discipline.

Selection Rules:

1. A panel of judges will be appointed each year by the IASA Executive Committee to evaluate papers. The decision of the judges will be final.

2. The award will be announced prior to the conference.

3. IASA officers, executive members, and conference organizers are not eligible to compete.

Application Procedure:

1. Applying for consideration for this award does not obviate the need to submit a proposal to the regular Call for Papers. Candidates should submit their proposal to the Congress by the regular due date (MARCH 1ST, 2013) AND as well they should submit to the competition as noted below. PLEASE NOTE, only those abstracts submitted explicitly for the Emory Elliott prize will be considered for the prize and submissions for the EE Prize will not be automatically forwarded to the general congress programming committee. Therefore, it is the individual scholar’s responsibility to submit to both to assure a place on the program. The abstract should be submitted to the organizers by the stipulated deadline for regular conference papers and to the prize competition by the same date.

2. To apply for prize consideration, send your name, contact information, abstract, and date and place of your terminal degree to: Giorgio Mariani ( by March 1st. The Prize committee will review all abstracts and will, by April 1st, request those which are highest ranked by them to then submit a full paper for consideration. If you are not contacted by April 1st, you may assume that your submission is no longer under consideration for the prize, but we hope you will still plan to attend the congress. All prize winners must be members of IASA by the time of the Congress if not before.

3. The assessment of the award will take into consideration the abstract as well as the written paper, paying special attention to its subject, structure and content.

4. The length of the final paper submitted should be 3,000 – 3,500 words. It should be sent along with a short CV (no more than 3 pages) and a statement from the candidate guaranteeing that it is his/her own original unpublished paper. Due date for those materials, (to be submitted only if requested to by the prize committee) will be April 15th, 2013. Send those materials to if requested to submit them.

5. The prize committee will then evaluate the full papers under its review and rank them, choosing one winner and, if  they wish, suggesting that up to two additional papers be recognized as noteworthy and recommending that they be published in an IASA venue as noted above. The winner will be notified by the prize committee by May 31st.

The monetary part of the award will vary from year to year depending on finances, but it is expected that itwill be in the range of the equivalent of at least 300 Euros. It will be the responsibility of the prize candidates to follow all of the stipulations above. The decisions of the judges is final.

Discovery! New Evidence of T. S. Eliot’s “Stockholder’s Coupon Ticket” for the World Fair of St. Louis

11 Nov
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By: Tatsushi Narita.

Strange to say, in the long history of Eliot studies no critics seem to have examined T. S. Eliot’s links with the 1904 World Fair of St. Louis, otherwise known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In such a situation the author fortunately came across one piece of fundamental evidence which manifestly suggests that Eliot explored the Exposition. The evidence is a piece of “Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, 1904, Stockholder’s Coupon Ticket” which the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company issued to the stockholder “T. S. Eliot”. It was while the author was examining the “Henry Ware Eliot Scrapbooks” (18 volumes) consisting mainly of newspaper clippings, a kind of family scrapbooks housed at the Missouri Historical Museum, St. Louis, Missouri that the luck came his way. (Article)

Book Title: Discovery! New Evidence of T. S. Eliot’s “Stockholder’s Coupon Ticket” for the World Fair of St. Louis: New Evidence of the Most Popular Poet and Nobel Prize of Literature Winner (Article). Author: Tatsushi Narita. Publisher: Bhghons Publications. Published: 2012-06-11. ASIN: B008ATO2J8. Binding: Kindle Edition

Call for Papers/Panels: The Sixth World Congress of the International American Studies Association (IASA)

11 Nov

Call for Papers/Panels: The Sixth World Congress of the International American Studies Association (IASA)

August 3-6, 2013, Szczecin, Poland

The International American Studies Association (IASA) is pleased to announce the Sixth World Congress on “Oceans Apart: In Search of New Wor(l)ds” to be held in Szczecin, Poland, August 3-6, 2013.

Please send your 300-word paper proposals or session proposals by March 1, 2013. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out no later than April 1, 2013. Full submission guidelines can be found on the website of the Sixth World Congress of IASA entitled “Oceans Apart” at For the comprehensive guide of the organization IASA, visit the official website entitled “Welcome IASA” at


Call for Papers: T. S. Eliot: East and West

11 Nov

Call for Papers: T. S. Eliot: East and West

We invite scholars to submit paper proposals for the session entitled “T. S. Eliot: East and West.” The session is being organized to be included in the Sixth World Congress of International American Studies Association (IASA), which will be held in August 2013 in Szczecin, Poland. The Sixth World Congress theme is “Oceans Apart: In Search of New Wor(l)ds.” Much emphasis has been placed on T. S. Eliot’s concern with Europeanization or the occidental heritage of Europe. Is the poet’s world, however, really “Oceans Apart,” for instance, from cultural others of non-European areas, their modes of thinking and so forth?

Please send your paper proposal of 300 words and a brief CV by email to Tatsushi Narita by February 1, 2013.

For information on the Sixth World Congress of IASA, visit the website entitled “Oceans Apart” at Also visit IASA’s comprehensive guide website entitled “Welcome IASA” at

After the World Congress, selected papers will be considered for publication in an edited, peer-reviewed collection. For details, visit the “Oceans Apart” website.

Tatsushi NARITA, (Mr.)
President, Nagoya Comparative Culture Forum (NCCF-Japan), Nagoya, Japan
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For further information on Tatsushi Narita and his published works, visit the website at

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