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NeMLA 2020 Panel: Shaping Identity in Ezra Pound's Poetry (51st Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention)

Boston, MA
Organization: NeMLA
Event: 51st Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Categories: Literary Theory, 20th & 21st Century, Poetry
Event Date: 2020-03-05 to 2020-05-08 Abstract Due: 2019-09-29

To submit a 300 word proposal for this session, please visit and upload before September 30, 2019 at: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18206 

As the 51st NeMLA asks us to consider the way we shape and share identities, this panel seeks papers that explore the ways in which spaces, places, languages and cultures inform Pound’s Cantos or his earlier work. Papers might examine the relationship between Ezra Pound's poetry and the cultures and people--real, created, and re-created--that he uses to inhabit that poetry. From his early work, such as we find in A Lume Spento and Personae, and the culmination of his life's work in The Cantos, Pound shapes and shares many identities with the ultimate goal of pursuing truth and beauty. Panel papers might also explore Pound's use of numerous foreign languages in shaping and sharing these identities.  Ultimately, as we observe and analyze our own changing global world, papers might also address the way Pound was reacting, successfully or not, to the changes in his own global world. 



Jeff Grieneisen