We welcome as keynote speaker W. Ronald Schuchard PhD, Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus, Emory University. 


W. Ronald Schuchard is the Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus, at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He came to Emory in 1969 after completing doctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin. In addition to his legacy of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth-century Irish, British, and Anglophone literature, Schuchard has given us numerous studies of modern authors, particularly W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot. His most recent book, The Last Minstrels: Yeats and the Revival of the Bardic Arts, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. His Eliot's Dark Angel (Oxford University Press, 1999), won the Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism, as well as the annual SAMLA Studies Award for the best book published by a member of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association.

A founder of ACIS-South (the Southern Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies), Schuchard is the editor of T.S. Eliot's The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry (Faber and Faber, 1993; Harcourt, Brace, 1994; Harvest, 1996). In addition, he is the co-editor with John Kelly of The Collected Letters of W.B. Yeats, published by Oxford University Press: Volumes 3, 4, and 5 (1994, 2005, and 2008, respectively). The fourth volume won the Modern Language Association's Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Volume of Letters.

Schuchard has been a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford; Trinity College, Dublin; Queen's University, Belfast; and the Institute of English Studies, University of London, where he has been elected a permanent Senior Research Fellow. He is currently serving as General Editor of the multi-volume edition of The Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot, to be published by Faber and Faber and The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Schuchard is a faculty advisor to Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. He has devoted much time to developing that entity's outstanding archive of twentieth-century Irish and English manuscript collections. He is the founder-chairman of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature, inaugurated by Seamus Heaney in 1988. He is also the former director of Emory's British Studies Program at University College, Oxford, and of the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, Ireland. He is an Honorary Member of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association and of the T. S. Eliot Society of St. Louis.

Schuchard is an active member of the American Conference for Irish Studies, the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, the Modern Language Association, the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, the International Association of University Professors, American PEN, and the Grolier Club of New York. In addition to serving on the editorial boards of Yeats AnnualTexas Studies in Literature and Language, and The Recorder: Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, he is a member of the advisory boards of The Correspondence of Samuel Beckett and the W.B. Yeats Drama Foundation. His research has been supported by ACLS, NEH, Fulbright, and Guggenheim fellowships

Venue Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington: heart of the Bluegrass.



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Conference registration of $200 (or $125 for current students) includes not just all conference sessions and the keynote address, but also the conference dinner on Thursday; the ACIS-South business lunch on Friday; and a concluding party on Saturday night. In addition, it covers morning coffee and pastries—plus some daytime snacks—on Friday and Saturday.

Keynote Ron Schuchard

Keynote speaker: W. Ronald Schuchard PhD, Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus, Emory University.