Louis Zukofsky and the Transformation of a Modern American Poetics

Eliot , “ Ezra Pound , ” 35 . 23. Pound , Exile 1:92 . 24. Norman , Ezra Pound , 306 . 25. Ahearn , Pound / Zukofsky , 11 . 26. Norman , Ezra Pound , 318 . 27. Terrell , “ An Eccentric Profile , ” 65 . 28. Letter dated 31 Oct. 1929 from ...

Author: Sandra Kumamoto Stanley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520073576

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

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"An excellent and original study of a crucial twentieth-century American poet."—James Breslin, author of From Modern to Contemporary: American Poetry, 1945 to 1965

Consumption and Depression in Gertrude Stein Louis Zukovsky and Ezra Pound

During the thirties, Zukofsky's poetics develops in a direction similar to Pound's in the use of citation and montage; also similar to Pound, Zukofsky's poetry at the time was 'econ / conscious', in Pound's phrase, and it was above all ...

Author: L. Carson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230379947

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 283

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The career of Ezra Pound has come to represent the political tendencies which, it has been claimed, are inherent to modernist aesthetics. But the political impulses of the modernists cannot be adequately represented by Pound's extreme positions; Pound's own political activities and commitments, in fact, do not adequately articulate the contradictory attitudes and beliefs that made them possible. By contrasting Pound's politics to the political values and beliefs of Gertrude Stein and Louis Zukofsky during the Depression, this book argues that these three very different writers share a complex set of attitudes and beliefs that are grounded in a collective social fantasy corresponding to the rise of mass consumption and the emergency of corporate social forms.

Ezra Pound

Pound had already found one : Zukofsky . This young man had grown up on the Lower East Side of New York City , but had managed to scrape up enough money to attend Columbia University , where he earned his Master of Arts degree in ...

Author: J. J. Wilhelm

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271042982

Category: Literary Criticism


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Purple Passages

Zukofsky in the Pound Aura Zukofsky continued to struggle over what to do with Pound and his enviable cultural power, his refusal to enact the mentoring relationship using the model of fraternal cooperation and lateral bonding that ...

Author: Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781609380946

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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What is patriarchal poetry? How can it be both attractive and tempting and yet be so hegemonic that it is invisible? How does it combine various mixes of masculinity, femininity, effeminacy, and eroticism? At once passionate and dispassionate, Rachel Blau DuPlessis meticulously outlines key moments of choice and debate about masculinity among writers as disparate as Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Louis Zukofsky, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Allen Ginsberg, choices that construct consequential models for institutions of poetic practice. As DuPlessis writes, “There are no genderless subjects in any relationship structuring literary culture: not in production, dissemination, or reception; not in objects, discourses, or practices; not in reading experiences or in interpretations.” And, as she reveals in careful and enthralling detail, for the poets at the center of this book, questions of masculinity loomed large and were continuously articulated in their self-creation as writers, in literary bonding, and in its deployment. These gender-laden choices, debates, and contradictions all have a striking influence today. In this empathic yet critical historical polemic, DuPlessis reveals the outcomes of these many investments in the radical reconstruction of masculinity, in their strains, incompleteness, tensions—and failures. At the heart of modernist maleness and poetic practices are contradictions and urgencies, gender ideas both progressive and defensive.In a striking book on male behavior in poetic dyads, the third book in a feminist critical trilogy, DuPlessis tracks the poetic debates and arguments about gender that continuously affirm patriarchal poetry.

The Ezra Pound Encyclopedia

For his part , Zukofsky's approach to Pound's poetry emphasized its skill and innovation while slighting its " message . " As he wrote to Pound in 1937 in regard to The Fifth Decad of Cantos , he was not as interested in the Fifth ...

Author: Spyros I.. Tryphonopoulos

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313304483

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 342

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Presents an alphabetically-arranged guide to the poet's life and writings, with entries on his works, critics, literary movements of the period, periodicals, historical events, and contemporaries.

Ezra Pound in Context

5 Pound letter to Louis Zukofsky (6[–7] May [1934]), in Barry Ahearn, ed., Pound/Zukofsky: Selected Letters of Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky (New York: New Directions, 1987), 159. 6 Quoted in Surette, Pound in Purgatory, 245.

Author: Ira B. Nadel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139492676

Category: Literary Criticism


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Long at the centre of the modernist project, from editing Eliot's The Waste Land to publishing Joyce, Pound has also been a provocateur and instigator of new movements, while initiating a new poetics. This is the first volume to summarize and analyze the multiple contexts of Pound's work, underlining the magnitude of his contribution and drawing on new archival, textual and theoretical studies. Pound's political and economic ideas also receive attention. With its concentration on the contexts of history, sociology, aesthetics and politics, the volume will provide a portrait of Pound's unusually international reach: an American-born, modern poet absorbing the cultures of England, France, Italy and China. These essays situate Pound in the social and material realities of his time and will be invaluable for students and scholars of Pound and modernism.

Niedecker and the Correspondence with Zukofsky 1931 1970

The line in “ Peri Poietikes , ” CSP , 213 , actually reads : “ Look in your own ear and read , " a modernization of Pound's “ Look into thine owne care and reade ” ( used in a letter to Zukofsky on November 18 , 1930 ; see Pound ...

Author: Jenny Penberthy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521443695

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 378

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The forty-year correspondence between Lorine Niedecker and Louis Zukofsky is one of the closest and most productive in recent literary history. Beginning in 1931, the correspondence was tutelary but it quickly grew into a collaborative enterprise of emotional and artistic significance for both poets. This volume presents Niedecker's side of the correspondence. It opens with a substantial introduction tracing the life and work of Niedecker and how her relationship with Zukofsky influenced her poetry. At the same time Jenny Penberthy attempts to disengage Niedecker from her own myth of Zukofsky. She examines the emergence of Niedecker's quiet but rigorously experimental poetry: her rejection of hierarchies of genre, structure, and syntax, and her questioning of relationships among author, world, and text. Penberthy also reconstructs the early years of Niedecker's career, looking particularly at her surrealism and its impact on her poems. The book is not only about the impact Zukofsky had on Niedecker's work, it is also about a woman poet's struggle for recognition both within and without.

The Poetics of the Limit

Pound, Ezra, from Pound/Zukofsky (C) 1981, 1987 by the Trustees of the Ezra Pound Literary Property Trust. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp. Pound, Ezra, from The Cantos, C) 1975 The Ezra Pound Literary Property ...

Author: Tim Woods

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137039200

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 287

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This book situates Louis Zukofsky's poetics (and the lineage of Objectivist poetics more broadly) within a set of ethical concerns in American poetic modernism. The book makes a strong case for perceiving Zukofsky as a missing key figure within this ethical matrix of modernism. Viewing Zukofsy's poetry through the lens of the theoretical work of Theodor Adorno and Emmanuel Levinas, Woods argues for an ethical genealogy of American poetics leading from Zukofsky through the contemporary school of LANGUAGE poetry. Woods brings together modernism and postmodernism, ethics and aesthetics, in interesting and innovative ways which shed new light on our understanding of this neglected strain of modernist poetics.

Not One of Them in Place

In Zukofsky's case , orthodox Judaism , the figure of the rabbi or sage , and especially the figure of Reb Pinchos ... An especially poignant instance of Zukofsky's filial dilemma occurs in an exchange of letters with Pound in 1936.

Author: Norman Finkelstein

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 079144984X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

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Explores the ways in which Jewish American poetry engages persistent questions of modern Jewish identity.

Disjunctive Poetics

9 Louis Zukofsky to Ezra Pound , 12 December 1930 , in Barry Ahearn , ed . , Pound / Zukofsky : Selected Letters of Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky ( New York : New Directions , 1987 ) 79. ( Further references abbreviated Pound / Zuk . ) ...

Author: Peter Quartermain

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521412684

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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Disjunctive Poetics examines some of the experimental contemporary writers, including Stein and Zukofsky, whose work forms a counterpoint to the mainstream writing of our time. Peter Quartermain suggests that the explosion of such modern writing is linked to the severe political, social, and economic dislocation of non-English-speaking immigrants who arriving in America at the turn of the century found themselves uprooted from their tradition and disassociated from their culture.