Tatsushi Narita’s New Book Entitled “T. S. Eliot, the World Fair of St. Louis and ‘Autonomy'”

8 Mar

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Tatsushi Narita, T. S. Eliot, the World Fair of St. Louis and “Autonomy”  (Published for NCCF-Japan)
(Nagoya: Kougaku Shuppan Press, 2013)

A Brief Note on Tatsushi Narita’s New Book

Years ago, Tatsushi Narita discovered new evidence concerning the early years T. S. Eliot spent in St. Louis, Missouri. The evidence is entitled “Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904, Stockholder’s Coupon Ticket”, a ticket booklet issued by the Exposition Company  to  the stockholder “T. S. Eliot”. In the book, (1) Narita offers a detailed description of the “Coupon Ticket” and (2) clarifies the would-be poet’s factual links with the Exposition such as the target exhibits and events which he explored on the fairgrounds and the Eliot family connections with the new suburban campus of Washington University in St. Louis, a campus which was used as an essential part of the World Fair.

The new evidence also enabled Narita to have the following three outcomes.  (3) Long before the anthropological studies at Harvard, Eliot had immersed himself in the cross-cultural discussion between civilization and culture (savagery) during his St. Louis period.  (4) The treatment and critical cognizance of indigenous people in his short story “The Man Who Was King” (1905) derive from his encounter with Igorot people from the Philippines, who were on exhibit at the World’s Fair. (5) The short story sustains the autonomy of a primitive island society of Matahiva in the South Seas. This applies all the more in view of the fact that, immediately after the Spanish-American War, the issue of autonomy arising from the problem how to treat the Philippines and Cuba was especially prevalent.

–成田興史著『T. S. エリオット、セントルイス万国博覧会および「オートノミー」』(英文、2013年1月発行)案内

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