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James Dowthwaite
Ezra Pound and 20th-Century Theories of Language

Ralf Lüfter and Roxana Preda, eds.
A Companion to Ezra Pound's Economics

 

Peter Liebregts
Translations of Greek Tragedy
in the Work of Ezra Pound

Mark Byron, ed.
The New Ezra Pound Studies


 

 

James Dowthwaite, Ezra Pound and 20th-Century Theories of Language

London: Routledge, 2019. ISBN: 9780367262747, 236pp, £120

 

 

 


Ezra Pound is one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century, a writer whose poetry is particularly notable for the intensity of its linguistic qualities. Indeed, from the principles of Imagism to the polyphony of his Cantos, Pound is central to our conception of modernism’s relationship with language. This volume explores the development of Pound’s understanding of language in the context of twentieth-century linguistics and the philosophy of language. It draws on largely unpublished archival material in order to provide a broadly chronological account of the development of Pound’s views and their relation to both his own poetry and to modernist writing as a whole. Beginning with Pound’s contentious relationship with philology and his antagonism towards academia, the book traces continuities and shifts across Pound’s career, culminating in a discussion of the centrality of language to the conception of his Cantos. While it contains discussions around significant figures in twentieth-century linguistic thought, such as Ferdinand de Saussure and Ludwig Wittgenstein, the book attempts to recover the work of theorists such as Leonard Bloomfield, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, and C.K. Ogden, figures who were once central to modernism, but who have largely been pushed to the periphery of modernist studies. The picture of Pound that emerges is a figure whose understanding of language is not only bound up with modernist approaches to anthropology, politics, and philosophy, but which calls for a new understanding of modernism’s relationship to each.

 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Introduction: The Word beyond Formulated Language

1 ‘End Fact. Try Fiction’: Post-Philology in Pound’s Early Writing

2 Reassessing The Chinese Written Character: Language, Consciousness, and Phenomena

3 ‘Words So Full of Detail’: Paideuma and Linguistic Relativity

4 Definition and Debabelization: Utopian Language in the Work of Ezra Pound and C.K. Ogden

5 ‘In Nature Are Signatures’: The Problem of Universals in Modernist Poetry

Afterword: Pound’s Linguistic Legacy

Index


 

 

 

Ralf Lüfter and Roxana Preda, eds., A Companion to Ezra Pound's Economics

Nordhausen: Verlag Traugott Bautz, 2019. ISBN: 9783959487153, 315pp, $54

 

 

 

The aim of the anthology is to question the poetic dimension of Pound's economics and to render it accessible for the study and understanding of economics as such. As David A Moody argues in his exemplary contribution, when Pound affirmed that poets ought to occupy themselves with economic matters he meant “that they should do so as poets, that is, in their poetry”. A first step towards the realization of what Pound claimed to be a genuine poetic responsibility and an ineluctable artistic obligation is to take a constitutive stance within the realm of economic issues, suspending the common practice of building on consolidated concepts and models that are taken for granted and applied uncritically to what is assumed to be economic reality. Therefore, the poetic dimension of Pound's economic thinking, generating the groundwork for a new approach to economics, is discussed in the contributions to this anthology. Furthermore, Pound’s work is remembered as a contribution to economics in its own right. For the present Pound's economics is forgotten – not in that it is not discussed but in that the discussion about it, carried out by economists as well as by other scholars, is first and foremost based on the said consolidated concepts and models. It then seems to be incomprehensible, unintelligible, hermetic, incongruent, heretical. For that reason its original trait, its source character, remains concealed for now.

 

Contents

Ralf Lüfter, Economics out of Ethics

A. David Moody, Economics and The Economy of The Cantos

Sebastian Berger, Towards a Poetic Economics: Studies in Ezra Pound’s "Poetry with a Hammer"

Leon Surette, Pound: Economic Guru

Bill Freind, From the Oikos to the Cosmos: The Anti-Economics of Ezra Pound

Alex Pestell, The Bank of England an the "Crime / Ov Two Centuries“

Roxana Preda, Gold and/or Humaneness: Pound’s Version of Civilization in Canto 97

Peter Liebregts, Ezra Pound, Aristotle, and Ancient Greek Economics

Mark Byron, The Poetic Dimension of Economics: Byzantium

Alec Marsh, Pound’s Agrarian Bent: Physiocracy and the Ideological Origins of the Wheat in Our Bread Party

Mark Steven, Ezra Pound and Mr Marx, Karl

Kristin Grogan, Ezra Pound and the Anarchist Economics of Silvio Gesell

Guy Stevenson, "Money and how it gets that way“: Ezra Pound, Henry Miller and the Economic Process of the 1930s


 

 

 

Peter Liebregts, Translations of Greek Tragedy in the Work of Ezra Pound

 London: Bloomsbury, 2019, ISBN: 9781350084162, 280pp, £76.50

 

 

 

Turning the tables on the misconception that Ezra Pound knew little Greek, this volume looks at his work translating Greek tragedy and considers how influential this was for his later writing. Pound's work as a translator has had an enormous impact on the theory and practice of translation, and continues to be a source of heated debate. While scholars have assessed his translations from Chinese, Latin, and even Provençal, his work on Greek tragedy remains understudied. Pound's versions of Greek tragedy (of Aeschylus' Agamemnon, and of Sophocles' Elektra and Women of Trachis) have received scant attention, as it has been commonly assumed that Pound knew little of the language.

Liebregts shows that the poet's knowledge of Greek was much more comprehensive than is generally assumed, and that his renderings were based on a careful reading of the source texts. He identifies the works Pound used as the basis for his translations, and contextualises his versions with regard to his biography and output, particularly The Cantos. A wealth of understudied source material is analysed, such as Pound's personal annotations in his Loeb edition of Sophocles, his unpublished correspondence with classical scholars such as F. R. Earp and Rudd Fleming, as well as manuscript versions and other as-yet-unpublished drafts and texts which illuminate his working methodology.

 

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Notes on the text

List of Abbreviations

1 Translation, Metrics, and Greek Tragedy

2 Ezra Pound and Aeschylus

3 Ezra Pound and Sophocles

4 Sophocles, Pound and Elektra I

5 Sophocles, Pound and Elektra II

6 Sophocles, Pound and Elektra III

7 Women of Trachis – Introduction

8 Sophocles, Pound and Women of Trachis I

9 Sophocles, Pound and Women of Trachis II

Bibliography

Index


 

 

 Mark Byron, ed., The New Ezra Pound Studies

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781108614719, xiv+289pp, $98

 

 

 

 This book develops key advances in Pound studies, responding to newly available primary sources and recent methodological developments in associated fields. It is divided into three parts. Part I addresses the state of Pound's texts, both those upon which he relied for source material and those he produced in manuscript and print. Part II provides a comprehensive overview of the relation between Pound's poetry and translations and scholarship in East Asian studies. Part III examines the radical reconception of Pound's cultural and political activities throughout his career, and his continuing impact, a re-assessment made possible by recent controversial scholarship as well as new directions in literary and cultural theory. Pound's wide-ranging intellectual, cultural, and aesthetic interests are given new analytic treatment, with an emphasis on how recent developments in gender and sexuality studies, medieval historiography, textual genetics, sound studies, visual cultures, and other fields can develop an understanding of Pound's poetry and prose.

 

Contents

Key to Abbreviations

Author Biographies

Editor’s Introduction, Mark Byron

 

Part I: Pound’s Texts

1. Classical Literature, Leah Culligan Flack

2. Early Medieval Philosophy and Textuality, Mark Byron

3. Ezra Pound’s Pisan Cantos: The Promise and the Limits of the Archive, Ronald Bush

4. ‘Scoured and cleansed’: Ezra Pound and Musical Composition, Josh Epstein

5. The Visual Field: Beyond Vorticism, Rebecca Beasley

6. Texts of The Cantos and Theories of Literature, Michael Kindellan

7. Pound and Influence, Richard Parker

 

Part II: Ezra Pound and Asia

8. Pound’s Representation of the Chinese Frontiers: From the War Zone to the Green World, Akitoshi Nagahata

9. ‘A Treasure Like Nothing We Have in the Occident’: Ezra Pound and Japanese Literature, Andrew Houwen

10. Ezra Pound and Chinese Poetry, Jeffrey Twitchell-Waas

 

Part III: Culture and Politics

11. The Transnational Turn, Josephine Park

12. Pound, Gender, Sexuality, Carrie J. Preston

13. Italian Fascism, Anderson Araujo

14. Late Cantos, ‘Aesopian Language’ States’ Rights, and John Randolph of Roanoke, Alec Marsh

15. Copyright, Archie Henderson

16. The Temple and the Scaffolding: The Cantos of Ezra Pound and Digital Culture, Roxana Preda

 

Afterword: ‘read him

Index