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Modern Languages Association Convention, 9-12 January 2020, Seattle

The Ezra Pound Society Panel: Pacific Pound

Saturday 11 January, 1.45pm-3pm, Room 611, Washington State Convention Center

The Atlantic Ocean has served as a primary transit zone of cultural production and critical response for much of the history of Modernism Studies. More recently the field has sought to expand its focus to other regions, nations, and modes of literary and artistic expression in an attempt to chart a more inclusive model for what Modernism Studies can be. How might such an enterprise shape the reception of Ezra Pound – an author long positioned at or near the centre of the Modernist canon – and how might a reorientation to the Pacific Ocean provide new insights into his work and influence? Pound Studies has long taken seriously his engagements with China and Japan, but new work still needs to be done on his relation to other Pacific zones such as Australia, South America, and South-East Asia. What might we make of Pound’s occlusion of New Zealand, Polynesia and South-East Asia in light of his tendencies toward encyclopaedism? How might Pound be reconsidered in light of the rise (and perhaps the eclipse) of the Pacific Rim as a geopolitical and geoliterary concept? Papers will be considered that seek to address any of these questions or related questions that take the Pacific and its region(s), including China and Japan, as a point of departure for Pound’s poetry, prose, personal and professional affiliations, or influence.

Presiding: Demetres Tryphonopoulos, University of Alberta, Augustana

Respondent: Mark Byron, University of Sydney

Papers:

Ezra Pound and China: Pitting the Grain of Pure Language against the Wall of Untranslatability, Youngmin Kim, Dongguk University

A Little History of Ezra Pound and Arthur Waley, David Ewick, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University

Kodama and Beyond: Pound’s Reception in Japan in Recent Decades, Miho Takahashi, Kansai University

Pound, Fenollosa, and Transpacific Culture as a Medium for Poetic Practice, Julius Greve, University of Oldenburg