Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG481H1F - L0101

ENG481H1F  L0101    T12-2
Ezra Pound: Modernism and Beyond
Professor Ming Xie
Office Telephone: 416-946-0271
Office Address: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 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, tradition, and treason. 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: Ezra Pound, Early Writings: Poems and Prose, ed. Ira B. Nadel (New York: Penguin Classics, 2005) [ISBN-10: 9780142180136; ISBN-13: 978-0142180136]; Ezra Pound, New Selected Poems and Translations, ed. Richard Sieburth (New York: New Directions, 2010) [ISBN-10: 0811217337; ISBN-13: 978-0811217330]. (These texts will be available from the University of Toronto Bookstore, 214 College Street)

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Method of Instruction: Lecture, seminar, discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Take-home essay (20%); major research essay (40%); oral presentation (20%); seminar participation and discussion (20%).

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