Dr. Matt Seybold Published in New Annual

April 03 2017
Category: Faculty

TS Eliot Annual  

Dr. Matt Seybold, Assistant Professor of American Literature & Mark Twain Studies, contributed an essay in the recent, inaugural volume of The T. S. Eliot Studies Annual. 

The Annual is published by Clemson University Press. Its editor, John Morgenstern, calls it “the leading venue for ongoing critical reassessment of Eliot’s life and work,” and promises “essays in this volume draw on newly available primary materials to revise longstanding critical narratives, to place Eliot’s work in fuller historical contexts, and to ensure his enduring presence in modernist studies.”

Abiding this characterization, Dr. Seybold’s essay, “Astride the Dark Horse: T. S. Eliot & the Lloyds Bank Intelligence Department,” focuses on Eliot’s tenure at one of Britain’s largest banks from 1917-1925, including his contributions to the bank’s internal publications as editor, translator, and contributor. Dr. Seybold argues that “Eliot did not conceive and compose The Waste Land and other celebrated works of this period in spite of the bank, but, to the contrary, the peculiar perspective gained via such employment was essential to the literature he produced contemporaneously."