Christine Walde is the Grants and Awards Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries, where she supports and enhances the research activities and community engagement priorities of UVic Libraries, including special projects related to community engagement. Her research combines library and archival research with interests in experimental prose, poetry, visual poetry, performance and the visual arts.
In T. S. Eliot’s famous model for artists and their creations delineated in “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” all the works of art throughout history exist as monuments that “form an ideal order among themselves.” Although this arrangement can be “altered” slightly, Eliot stresses the “conformity between the old and the new” (“Tradition,” 15). Eliot’s conservative canon preserves an existing binary order—authors are major or minor; works are canonical or noncanonical—and leaves little room for major upheaval or disruption. However, most modernist authors saw their projects as less static and more expansive than Eliot’s metaphor would indicate.