Cross-Cultural Ezra Pound

BookCross-Cultural Ezra Pound

Cross-Cultural Ezra Pound

Clemson University Press: The Ezra Pound Center for Literature Book Series, 6


June 1st, 2021



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This volume gathers fifteen essays that offer new interpretations on Pound’s poetics, as well as new perspectives on his critical reception globally. It includes authors from nine different countries and covers Pound’s work from his beginnings as a young poet in Philadelphia in the first decade of the century through his most productive years as a poet, critic, and translator to the first critical treatments of his work in the 1940s and 50s, and on to translations of The Cantos spanning the last fifty years. Although, in our own era, such terms as “cross-cultural thinking,” “globalism,” “transnationalism,” and “internationalism” remain fluid and can often stir controversy in literary studies, especially in discussion of the impact of modernism, the place of Ezra Pound as a prominent modernist figure worldwide has remained unquestioned throughout the last century.

This volume offers new interpretations of Pound’s poetics, as well as new perspectives on his critical reception globally.

Author Information

Walter Baumann was born in Switzerland and studied at the Universities of Zurich and Aberdeen. His academic teaching career in German Studies started at Toronto University and continued at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He published on J. W. Goethe, H. Broch, and M. Frisch. John Gery is an American poet, critic, collaborative translator, and editor. He has published seven books of poetry, a critical work on the treatment of nuclear annihilation in American poetry, two co-edited volumes of literary criticism and two co-edited anthologies of contemporary poetry, as well as, a co-authored biography and guidebook on Ezra Pound's Venice. David McKnight is director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Figures7
Introduction: Six Ways a Sunday: The Cross-Cultural Realm of Ezra Pound11
I. Pound’s Cross-Cultural Genesis25
1. Pound’s Modern (Metrical) Education27
2. The First Imagists37
3. Pound and/or Franklin: A Reading of Canto 3147
II. Pound’s Cross-Cultural Poetics61
4. Pound’s Vorticist Theory and H.D.’s “Oread”63
5. Fenollosa and Pound: The Authorship Question of The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry77
6. Pound’s Composition of Canto 16: “j’entendis des voix”89
7. The Genealogy of the China Cantos101
III. Pound and Cross-Cultural Questions of Translation113
8. The Poetics of Queering Translation in Ezra Pound’s Homage to Sextus Propertius115
9. Rainer Maria Gerhardt and Ezra Pound129
10. “Cantos” or “Cantares”? Pound’s Reception in Two Romance Languages137
IV. Cross-Cultural Perceptions of Pound and His Work157
11. Ezra Pound and Caresse Crosby: From Black Sun to Roccasinibalda159
12. Pound, Bergson, and the Vortex of Memory173
13. Ritual and Performance in The Pisan Cantos and H.D.’s Trilogy183
14. A Carthaginian Peace: Kenner, Watts, and the Founding of Pound Studies197
Notes on Contributors245