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Ezra Pound & the Spanish World

Edited by Viorica Patea, John Gery, and Walter Baumann

This collection gathers for the first time criticism on Ezra Pound’s lifelong involvement with Spain and Spanish culture, from his early visits to the dedication of the first monument to him in Spain in 1973. Part One includes an introduction and chapters on Pound’s study of classical Spanish literature, the Spanish dimension in The Cantos, his contemporary Spanish connections, and his Spanish legacy, while Part Two gathers Pound’s own writing on Spain not accessible elsewhere.

I Introduction
1. “A Dream Spain”: The Legacy of Spain in Pound’s Oeuvre | Viorica Patea

II Spanish Beginnings from Averroes to the Baroque
2. Pound’s Ibn Rushd (Averroes): The Arabic Contribution to an Alternate History | Maria Luisa Ardizzone
3. “The Pale Dawn of Spain”: Pound’s Morphology of Dawn | Giuliana Ferreccio
4. The Vitality and Precision of the Poetic Word Onstage: Ezra Pound’s Reflections on Lope de Vega | Natalia Carbajosa
5. Pound Lopista v. E.P.: Dissociation from the Spanish Baroque | Paula Barba Guerrero

III Spain and/in The Cantos
6. Re-Reading Pound and Camões | Stephen Wilson
7. Menippean Satire and Carnivalism in Ezra Pound’s Pisan Canto 74 | J. Rhett Forman
8. The Congruence of Lope de Vega’s Plays and Noh in The Pisan Cantos | Yoshiko Kita
9. Washington Irving’s Alhambra in The Cantos | Caterina Ricciardi
10. Pound’s Prado and the “Glimpse of Velazquez” | John Gery

IV Pound’s Modernist Iberian Connections
11. Pound and Unamuno: The History of a Collaboration | Miriam Borham-Puyal
12. Juan Ramon and the Imagists: A Reappraisal of “Modernism(o)” | Santiago Rodriguez Guerrero-Strachan
13. Lines of Division: Nancy Cunard, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, and the Spanish Civil War | Jennifer Kilgore-Caradec
14. Discovering the Mediterranean Sanity: Pound and Hemingway —and Juan Ramon Masoliver | Massimo Bacigalupo

V Echoes of Pound in the Postmodern Spanish World
15. Pound’s Amulet in Roberto Bolano’s Novels | Emanuele Zoppellari Perale
16. Science and Silence: Reading Antonio Colinas in the Light of Pound’s Theory of the Image | Melania Stancu
17. The Cantos in Translation: The Spanish Variations | Leonor Maria Martinez Serrano
18. Pound and the Novísimo Poets: Three Memoirs
A. Brief Chronicle of an Encounter | Antonio Colinas
B. Pound’s Classics as a Model for the Novísimos | Jaime Siles
C. Ezra Pound, The Homer of the 21st Century | Luis Alberto de Cuenca

1. Letter from Ezra Pound to Viola Baxter, May 9, 1906
2. Pound’s Postcards to Viola Baxter from Madrid, May 27, 1906
3. Correspondence of Pound and the Librarians of the Royal Palace Library, Madrid, May 28–June 7, 1906
4. Ezra Pound, “Burgos: A Dream City of Old Castile,” 1906
5. Ezra Pound, “Some Notes on Francisco de Quevedo Villegas,” 1921
6. Ezra Pound, Letter to Jose Vazquez Amaral, October 23, [1954]
7. Jose Vazquez Amaral’s Articles on Pound and The Cantos, 1968–75
8. Letters of Ezra Pound and Dorothy Pound to Juan Ramon Jimenez and Zenobia Camprubi, 1948–56

About the Editors

Viorica Patea is Professor of American Literature at the University of Salamanca, where she teaches American and English literature. Her published books include Entre el mito y la realidad: Aproximación a la obra poética de Sylvia Plath (1989), a study on Whitman, La apología de Whitman a favor de la épica de la modernidad (1999) and T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (2005), forthcoming in a second edition with a new translation, extended notes, and a new introduction. She has edited various collections of essays such as Critical Essays on the Myth of the American Adam (2001) and, together with Paul Scott Derrick, Modernism Revisited: Transgressing Boundaries and Strategies of Renewal in American Poetry (2007). Her edited collection of essays, Short Story Theories: A Twenty-First-Century Perspective (2012) received the Javier Coy Research Award for the best edited book (2013). In addition, Patea is an accomplished translator: from Romanian into English (with Paul Derrick), several editions of the poetry of Romanian poet Ana Blandiana, My Native Land A4 (2014) and Five Books (2021); from Romanian into Spanish, the poetry of Blandiana as well as the poetry of Patrizia de Rachewiltz; and from Romanian into Spanish, an annotated edition of El diario de la felicidad by Nicolae Steinhardt (2007).

Poet-critic John Gery’s collections of poetry include The Enemies of Leisure, Davenport’s Version, A Gallery of Ghosts, Have at You Now! His criticism focuses on modernist and contemporary American poetry, including his book, Nuclear Annihilation and Contemporary American Poetry: Ways of Nothingness. He has also published a co-authored books on Pound’s Venice and the Armenian poet, Hmayeak Shems, as well as three co-edited critical collections on Pound: Ezra Pound, Ends and Beginnings: Essays and Poems (ed. with William Pratt, 2010); Imagism: Essays on Its Initiation, Impact and Influence (with Daniel Kempton and H. R. Stoneback, 2013); and Cross-Cultural Ezra Pound (with Walter Baumann and David McKnight, 2021), as well as two poetry anthologies. A Research Professor at University of New Orleans, he directs the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy, and is Series Editor for the EPCL Book Series at Clemson University Press. Since 2005 Gery has served as Secretary of the Ezra Pound International Conference.

Walter Baumann started to study Ezra Pound in 1959 at Zurich University and Aberdeen University, Scotland. From 1964-1966 he was a lecturer in German at the University of Toronto. His book, The Rose in the Steel Dust: An Examination of the Cantos of Ezra Pound (1967) is considered a ground-breaking study of Pound. Under the title Roses from the Steel Dust, his collected essays on Pound appeared in 2000. Since 1976 he has been an organizer of international Ezra Pound conferences and has co-edited selected papers on Pound from conferences in 2011 (London), 2013 (Dublin) and 2015 (Brunnenburg, Italy). Baumann also serves as the keeper of photographic records of Pound Conferences. He retired from University of Ulster in 1996.

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Pages: 512 pages

Published: April 2024


ISBN: 978-1-63804-062-0

ISBN: 978-1-63804-063-7


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