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“PORTALS, GATES”: THE CLASSICS IN MODERNIST TRANSLATION

MCGILL UNIVERSITY, MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC

 

 

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM AND PAPERS ON EZRA POUND

 

Friday, April 29

5:00-7:00

Oimoi Productions, Tragic Saturday Afternoons

Sophokles' Elektra, trans. Ezra Pound and Rudd Fleming

(Venue: Freestanding Room, 4324 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, Suite 300)

 

Saturday, April 30

9:00 

Registration table open

 

9:30-10:25

Chair: Dean Casale

Elizabeth Vandiver (Whitman College): 

“Greek Poetry as Precedent: Richard Aldington, The Poets’ Translation Series, and Free Verse”

Massimo Cè (Harvard University): 

“Translating the Odyssey: Andreas Divus, Old English, and Ezra Pound’s Canto I”

 

10:30-10:55

Coffee break, welcome 

 

11:00-12:00

Keynote address: Alison Rosenblitt (University of Oxford): 

“‘of evident invisibles’: The Classicism of E.E. Cummings” 

 

12:05-12:55

Bag lunch (provided)

 

1:00-1:55

Chair: Mary Ann Eaverly

Sophie Corser (University of London): 

“‘Assuming he was he’: Ulysses and the Homeric Question” 

Leah Flack (Marquette University):

“Joyce’s Classicism”  

 

2:00-3:15

Chair: Jeff Westover

Isobel Hurst (University of London): 

“The Voice of Eurydice: Willa Cather and H.D.” 

Andrea Eis (Oakland University): 

“‘Pawing Over the Ancients’: Paradigms from H.D. and Ezra Pound for a Filmic Reframing of Homer” (film: Penelope’s Odyssey)

 

3:20-3:40

Coffee break

 

3:45-5:10

Chair: Leah Flack

Dean Casale, E. Teresa Choate & Karen Lee Hart (Kean University): 

“At the Borders of Ritual and Realism: Notes on a Modernist/Post-Modern Production of Ezra Pound’s Elektra”

 

5:15-6:10

Chair: Marsha Bryant

Gregory Baker (The Catholic University of America):

“Ireland’s Oedipus & the Making of Modernism”

Matthias Somers (University of Leuven):

“Trying to Read Aristophane[s]’: Sweeney, Reception, and Ritual” 

 

 

Reception, 8:00-10:00: Ballroom, Thomson House, 3650 Rue McTavish

Performance of H.D.’s Choruses from the Iphigenia in Aulis of Euripides

(dir. Myrna Wyatt Selkirk and Shanti Gonzales)

 

 

Sunday, May 1

(coffee available throughout day)

10:00-10:55

Chair: Lisa Banks

George John Varsos (University of Athens):

“Gates through Time: Modernist Translation and the Historicity of Poetry”

Sara Dunton (University of New Brunswick) & Demetres Tryphonopoulos (Brandon University):

“Pound’s Homeric Line in Hugh Selwyn Mauberley” 

 

11:00-12:10

Chair: Andrea Eis

Miranda Hickman and Lynn Kozak (McGill University):

“New ‘Scattered Light’ on H.D.’s Choruses from the Iphigenia in Aulis”

Anna Fyta (University of Ioannina):

“Translation as Mythopoesis: H.D.’s Euripidean Palinode in Helen in Egypt”

 

12:15-1:45

Lunch (on one’s own)

 

1:50-3:10

Chair: Sara Dunton 

Jane Benacquista (University of Arizona):

“‘Reworked Freely’: The Hellenistic Epigram in H.D.”

Jeff Westover (Boise State University):

“Speech and Repression in H.D.’s Ion”                                  

Catherine Theis (University of Southern California):

“Braving the Elements’: H.D. and Robinson Jeffers”

        

3:10-3:25

Coffee break

                                   

3:30-4:25

Chair: Isobel Hurst

Marsha Bryant and Mary Ann Eaverly (University of Florida):

“Mythic Migrations: Ange Mlinko and the Modernist Imagination”

Anett Jessop (University of LaVerne):

“The Classical past and ‘the history of ourselves’”: Laura Riding’s historical fiction"

 

4:30-5:30

Classical Modernisms, closing discussion

 

6:00-7:00. (Arts Building, McGill University, W-120).

Denis Brault (La Fondation Humanitas):

“‘Odysseus and his women’: T. E. Lawrence’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey”