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143 the A.S.B. Series, Shavians, and representatives of N.I.U. Press will be present to make their expertise available. Persons interested in active participation should write to H.E. Gerber for admission to the Seminar. Attendance is limited by MLA policy. ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. Conference on Literature and Film: The Freedom to Create (The Artist's Right to Interpret Reality) (Florida State University , Tallahassee, 29-31 Jan 1976): Thë Comparative Literature Circle invites the submission of papers concerning all dimensions of the artist's struggle to express himself in the face of political, social, and aesthetic limitations. Papers are invited in all periods, styles, and genres of literature and film. Abstracts of about 300 words should be sent by October 1 to Professor Leon Golden, Department of Classics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306. Oral presentation is limited to twenty minutes and papers will be considered for publication in Soundings. Registration fee: $10.00. 2. Four Decades: This new quarterly will concentrate on poetry in English, and the relevant poets, of the period I890 to 193°. For further information write to Esther Fisher, 23I Lonsmount Drive, Toronto, Ontario M5P 2Y9, Canada; or The Editor, Four Decades, I60 Milton Street, Southport, Merseyside PR9 7AP, England. 3. People: Benjamin Franklin Fisher IV, bibliographer for the Housman Society, requests publications, notices of M.A. and Ph.D. theses, information on Housmanian projects in progress. Address: Benjamin F. Fisher, 225 Price Avenue, Narberth, Pa. I9072. Life membership in the Housman Society, Mr. Fisher reminds us, is $25. Henry F. Salerno (State University College, Fredonia) spent the Spring term in England. Franklin Court (Northern Illinois University) was in England part of the Spring term, hopefully (believes his general editor) working on the Pater volume for the A.S.B. Series. Robert C. Schweik (State University College, Fredonia) participated in the Hardy Summer School in Weymouth and is completing, with Dieter Riesner (Trier), an Annotated Guide to Reference Materials in English and American Literature. At the Weymouth Seminar Professor Schweik spoke on "Improvision in Hardy's Early Fiction," i.e. that Hardy's "method of composition, particularly for his early novels, was often so thoroughly improvisatory that the finished novels are less the result of design than records of changing narrative strategies and expedients adopted during the process of composition." Harold Orel (University of Kansas) spoke on "After The Dynasts: Hardy's Relationship to Christianity" at the Hardy Summer School. ...


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