Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG454H1F L0101

ENG454H1F    L0201    T12-2     
Advanced Studies Group 5: Ezra Pound: Modernism and Beyond
Prof. Ming Xie

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 908

Brief Description of Course:
The work of Ezra Pound engages with a wide range of issues in his time and beyond. This course is a critical exploration of Pound’s major works in relation to his fundamental concerns as a modernist poet. Topics and issues may include: image, persona, rhythm; form, materiality, subjectivity; history and mysticism; relations between aesthetics, politics and economics; gender and sexuality; translation, treason, and tradition. The course aims to provide students with an in-depth engagement with Pound’s most significant works and a critical understanding of his poetic theories, methods, and techniques, as well as his intellectual and cultural perspectives. The course also aims to help students strengthen skills in close reading and critical interpretation.

Required Reading: The following texts will be available from the U of T Bookstore: Ezra Pound, Early Writings: Poems and Prose, ed. Ira B. Nadel (New York: Penguin Books, 2005) Ezra Pound, New Selected Poems and Translations, ed. Richard Sieburth (New York: New Directions, 2010)
Method of Evaluation:
Oral presentation, short take-home essay, major research essay, seminar participation and discussion.

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