Ezra Pound and Other World Cultures, May 22-25 2014 Washington DC
Call for Papers, American Literature Association, May 22-25, 2014 Washington DC
"All ages are contemporaneous," Ezra Pound writes in 1910, especially in literature. To be sure, his life work drew a vast array of other peoples, their worlds, their ideas, into his own contemporaneous literary universe. We know the people, the places, and the ideas drawn together. But it works the other way too, for Pound enters into interpretive dialogues with other worlds understood not just as parts of his own vision, but also as entities discrete unto themselves.
In this call for papers we seek scholars, artists, and even performers game to undertake an examination, broadly considered, of other-world cultures engaged by Pound. What various ends do his appropriations of them serve, and how is his own literary universe co-opted, disrupted, rerupted, counterrupted or changed by the exchange? We are in search of new meaning here, and fresh paths. Please send your 350 word abstracts as Word documents both to Robert Kibler, panel organizer, at Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org, and to Demetres Tryphonopoulos, Secretary, Ezra Pound Society, at email@example.com, no later than January 10, 2014. Onward!