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Richard Parker, ed.

Readings in The Cantos, vol. I (1-37)

Alexander Howard, ed.

Commentaries on Thrones

Christos Hadjiyiannis.

Conservative Modernists



Richard Parker, ed. Readings in the Cantos. Clemson:

Clemson University Press; Liverpool UP, 2018.







The first in a landmark three-volume project, this book brings together some of the world's leading Pound and modernist scholars to read critically the quintessential long modernist poem, The Cantos. Each chapter approaches either a single canto or a defined small group of cantos, providing a clear, informative, and interpretive reading that includes an up-to-date assessment of sources and an idea of recent critical approaches to the work. Each essay includes relevant background about the canto's composition, source-hunting material explaining Pound's quotations and references, critical context, and correction of previous critical work on the canto. 








Chapter 1. The Ur Cantos (by Helen Carr) - 9

Chapter 2. Canto 1 (by Catherine Paul) - 33

Chapter 3. Canto 2 (by Peter Liebregts) - 43

Chapter 4. Canto 4 (by Henry Mead) - 57

Chapter 5. Canto 5 (by Caterina Ricciardi) - 73

Chapter 6. Canto 7 (by Walter Baumann) - 85

Chapter 7. Canto 8 (by Anderson Araujo) - 95

Chapter 8. Canto 11 (by Ronald Bush) - 109

Chapter 9. Canto 12 (by Aaron Jaffe) - 121

Chapter 10. Canto 13 (by Alexander Howard) - 135

Chapter 11. Cantos 14–15 (by Andrew Thacker) - 145

Chapter 12. Canto 17 (by Sean Pryor) - 155

Chapter 13. Cantos 18–19 (by Alec Marsh) - 165

Chapter 14. Canto 20 (by Rika Mihalka) - 187

Chapter 15. Canto 21 (by James Dowthwaite) - 201

Chapter 16. Canto 25 (by John Gery) - 213

Chapter 17. Canto 26 (by David Barnes) - 227

Chapter 18. Canto 29 (by Alex Pestell) - 237

Chapter 19. Canto 30 (by LeeAnn Derdeyn and Tim Redman) - 249

Chapter 20. Canto 32 (by Eric White) - 263

Chapter 21. Canto 35 (by Richard Parker) - 273

Chapter 22. Canto 36 (by Mark Byron) - 285

Chapter 23. Canto 37 (by Roxana Preda) – 297




Alexander Howard, ed. Astern in the Dinghy:

Commentaries on Ezra’s Pound’s Thrones de los Cantares 96-109.

Glossator 10 (2018). Free online.




“One can lose sight of the fact that these are poems of imprisonment. One cannot, however, lose sight of the fact that the poetry contained in these two collections is difficult and recondite. This is especially true of the verse contained in Thrones. In the poet’s own words, these cantos denote “an attempt to move out from egoism and to establish some definition of an order possible or at any rate conceivable on earth.” Pound intended Thrones as a record of “the states of mind of people responsible for something more than their personal conduct.” One might think all that relatively straightforward. But that would be a mistake. In characteristically Poundian fashion, this late section features a bewildering college of marginal historical figures and abstruse references, drawn from an esoteric range of source-materials pertaining to economics, medieval politics and legal history, modes of monetary exchange, and good governance” (Alexander Howard vi).



Mr. Pound Goes to Washington    i

Alexander Howard (University of Sydney)

Some Contexts for Canto XCVI     1

Richard Parker (University of Surrey)

Gold and/or Humaneness: Pound's Vision of Civilization in Canto XCVII   27

Roxana Preda (University of Edinburgh)

Hilarious Commentary: Ezra Pound's Canto XCVIII    51

Peter Nicholls (New York University)

“Tinkle, tinkle, two tongues”: Sound, Sign, Canto XCIX                       83

Michael Kindellan (University of Sheffield)

“In the intellect possible”: Revisionism and Aesopian Language in Canto C121

Alex Pestell (Independent Scholar)

Deep Rustication in Canto CI        163

Mark Byron (University of Sydney)

Shipwrecks and Mountaintops: Notes on Canto CII      185

Mark Steven (University of Exeter)

Revised Intentions: James Buchanan and the Antebellum White House in Canto CIII     215

James Dowthwaite (University of Göttingen)

Exploring Permanent Values: Canto CIV            231

Archie Henderson (Independent Scholar)

Canto CV: A Divagation?                269

Alec Marsh (Muhlenberg College)

So Slow: Canto CVI            287

Sean Pryor (University of New South Wales)

'The clearest mind ever in England': Pound's Late Paradisal in Canto CVII  309

Miranda Hickman (McGill University)

Three Ways of Looking at a Canto: Navigating Canto CVIII    329

Kristin Grogan (Exeter College, University of Oxford)

'To the king onely to put value': Monarchy and Commons in Pound's Canto CIX    355

Alex Niven (University of Newcastle)



Christos Hadjiyiannis. Conservative Modernists: Literature and Tory Politics in Britain, 1900–1920.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.



rsz christos

Despite sustained scholarly interest in the politics of modernism, astonishingly little attention has been paid to its relationship to Conservatism. Yet modernist writing was imbricated with Tory rhetoric and ideology from when it emerged in the Edwardian era. By investigating the many intersections between Anglophone modernism and Tory politics, Conservative Modernists offers new ways to read major figures such as T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, T. E. Hulme, and Ford Madox Ford. It also highlights the contribution to modernism of lesser-known writers, including Edward Storer, J. M. Kennedy, and A. M. Ludovici. These are the figures to whom it most frequently returns, but, cutting through disciplinary delineations, the book simultaneously reveals the inputs to modernism of a broad range of political writers, philosophers, art historians, and crowd psychologists: from Pascal, Burke, and Disraeli, to Nietzsche, Le Bon, Wallas, Worringer, Ribot, Bergson, and Scheler.  Read more at





Acknowledgements viii 


Introduction: Modernists against Modernity x 

Conservative Party Crisis: Tory Propaganda, Imagist Poetics 1 

Bringing Poetry and Politics Back to Earth: Tory           
Ideology and Classical Modernism 31 

The Writer as Conservative Statesman:   
Modernist Theories of Inspiration 65 

Against Representation: Conservatism and Abstract Art 98 

War, Duty, Sacrifice: Anti-pacifism and Objective Ethics 124 

Afterword: Afterlives 165 

Note on Texts Used 171


Notes 172
Index 227