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Penn Ezra Pound Conference 2017: Program

EPIC 2017, the Ezra Pound International Conference, Philadelphia Genius & Modern American Poetry, will be convened in June at UPenn's Kislak Center with discussions of William Carlos Williams, Hilda Doolittle, & Marianne Moore, as well as Pound

 EPIC 2017 Page Logo    Ezra Pound, Philadelphia Genius, and Modern American Poetry

Conference Program

SUNDAY, 18 JUNE
6:00 – 9:00 pm: Informal gathering at Mad Mex, 3401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Entrance is behind the Dunkin' Donuts, as pictured here: http://madmex.com/sites/default/files/_IGP7697%20MM%20UC.jpg. Also accessible from the alley between Walnut and Sansom Streets.

MONDAY, 19 JUNE
Those who arrive before the conference begins may wish to explore Philadelphia on their own. For more information, see the Tours page of this website and the Philadelphia city map prepared by Anne Malcolm.

10:00 am: Walking Tour of the University of Pennsylvania (1st tour)

This approximately one-hour tour, conducted by John Gery and David McKnight, will include buildings, landscapes and addresses known to Ezra Pound, H.D., and William Carlos Williams during the period of 1901-11. See the historic Penn campus map and the Tours page for more information. 

Those who have signed up should meet by the Claes Oldenburg Split Button outside the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library at 9:45 am.

2:00 pm: Walking Tour of the University of Pennsylvania (2nd tour)

Those who have signed up should meet by Claes Oldenburg Split Button outside the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library at 1:45 pm.

3:30 pm: Visit to Rosenbach Museum and Library (1st tour)
2008-2010 Delancey Street

This approximately one-hour tour, conducted by Elizabeth Fuller, will include a visit to Marianne Moore’s living room and bedroom as displayed at the Rosenbach Museum. See the Tours page for more information.

Those who have signed up should meet at the Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Street, at 3:15 pm. Those departing from the Penn Campus should meet by the Claes Oldenburg Split Button outside the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library at 3:00 pm to be guided to the bus going to Delancey Street.

4:30 pm: Visit to Rosenbach Museum and Library (2nd tour)
2008-2010 Delancey Street

Those who have signed up should meet at the Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Street, at 4:15 pm. Those departing from the Penn Campus should meet by the Claes Oldenburg Split Button outside the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library at 4:00 pm to be guided to the bus going to Delancey Street.

4:00 – 6:00 pm: EPIC Registration Begins
Kislak Center, Van-Pelt Dietrich library, 6th floor

6:00 – 8:00 pm: Gala Reception – Toasts to Mary de Rachewiltz
Kislak Center, Van-Pelt Dietrich library, 6th floor

Speakers will include Emily Mitchell Wallace, Bryn Mawr College; Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania; Peggy L. Fox, Retired President, New Directions Publishing, New York (Peggy's toast will be read by Declan Spring, Vice President of New Directions); Richard Sieburth, New York University; Carol Shloss, independent scholar; and David McKnight, University of Pennsylvania.

Mary de Rachewiltz unveiling the Pound plaque at 10 Church Walk, Kensington, on 11 August 2004. Photo: Walter Baumann.

Special Conference Exhibition: Rare Books and Manuscripts of the Poets
Henry Charles Lea Library, Kislak Center

Throughout the week of the EPIC, attendees will be able to view an exhibition of highlights from the Kislak Center’s collections of rare books and manuscripts related to Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Hilda Doolittle. This exhibit will open at the Gala Reception on June 19th and be on view all week during lunch breaks.
 

TUESDAY, 20 JUNE
8:30 am – 5:00 pm: Registration
Kislak Center, Van-Pelt Dietrich library, 6th floor

9:00 – 9:30: Welcome, Pavilion
H. Carton Rogers III, Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries, University of Pennsylvania

9:30 – 10:45: Session 1, Pavilion

Opening Plenary: The Sound of Pound and H.D.
Chair: Charles Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania
Richard Sieburth, New York University
“His Master’s Voice”: Recordings of Ezra Pound in PennSound
Sasha Colby, Simon Fraser University
H.D., Theater, and Performance

10:45 – 11:15: Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30: Session 2, Pavilion

Opening Plenary: The Sound of Moore and Williams
Chair: Charles Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania
Linda Leavell, Independent Scholar, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Marianne Moore as Performer: Recordings from Harvard and San Francisco
Christopher MacGowan, College of William and Mary
WCW: “Put all you have into trying to hear the poem” and a Tribute to Richard Swigg

12:30 – 2:00: Lunch
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

2:00 – 3:15: Parallel Sessions 3b, 3c

3b Pound and Williams I: Men of Letters, rm 626-27
Chair: David Cappella, Central Connecticut State University
Silvia Falsaperla, University of Toronto
Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams Were “a Different Species,” But Brothers in Modernist Poetics
Krista Rascoe, University of Texas at Dallas
Pound and Williams: (Re)Imaging Poetry through Science and Medicine
Elin Käck, Linköping University
Pound and Williams in Pagany: Battle and Double Battle

3c Pound’s Early Poetics, Pavilion
Chair: Christos Hadjiyiannis, Wolfson College, Oxford
Miho Takahashi, Kansai University
Young Pound and Victorian Symbolism
Barry Ahearn, Tulane University
A Brief History of “Precision”
Galateia Demetriou, University of Birmingham
Patria Mia: Travel Writing as Departure and Return

3:15 – 3:45: Coffee Break

3:45 – 5:00: Parallel Sessions 4a, 4b

4a Pound and H.D.: Greek Drama and Poetry, Pavilion
Chair: Rhett Forman, University of Dallas
Claudio Sansone, University of Chicago
Cassandra’s Eyes: Pound and the Epic of Prophecy
Peter Liebregts, Leiden University
“A boy’s best friend is his Oedipus”: Pound’s Complex about Sophocles’s Most Famous Play
Kathryn Stergiopoulos, Claremont McKenna College
Seeing Through the Words: H. D.’s Helen in Egypt

4b The Roots of the Imagists, rm 626-27
Chair: Walter Baumann, University of Ulster
William Pratt, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
The First Imagists
Andrew Houwen, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University
Imagism’s Deep Japanese Roots: Masaoka Shiki, Basil Hall Chamberlain, and Ezra Pound
Justin Kishbaugh, Roger Williams University, RI
“Constellational Composition”: Sentence Structure, Super-Positioning, and Ezra Pound’s Editorial Image

5:00 – 6:00: Break

6:00 – 7:15: Public Talk
Houston hall, Class of ’49 Auditorium. 

This lecture is free and open to the public.​
Introduction: Emily Mitchell Wallace, Bryn Mawr College
Ezra, Hilda, Billy, and Greek Drama, 1903, and Edith Hall, 2017
Keynote Address: Edith Hall, King’s College London
How did reciting Euripides’s poetry affect Ezra Pound’s early poetry?

7:30 – 9:30: Dinner at Estia
Estia Restaurant, 1415 Locust Street (Pre-registration required)

Estia is located a few doors from Broad Street and across the street from the Academy of Music where Iphigenia among the Taurians was performed April 28 and 29, 1903, with Ezra on stage dancing as a Greek maiden in the Chorus and singing in Greek. Hilda and Billy were in the audience, but Ezra was not able to introduce them to each other until two years later on April 3, 1905, at a dinner party he hosted at 166 Fernbrook Avenue in Wyncote.

Transportation to and from Estia is on your own. For taxis, Philadelphia Freedom Taxi is a reliable company (telephone: +1 (215) 222-9999). There is also a cab rank at Penn in front of the Sheraton Hotel on Chestnut Street, or cabs may be hailed on the street. For the return, there is a cab rank about a block north from Estia on Broad Street, in front of the Hyatt Regency at the Bellevue Hotel.

WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE
9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Registration
Kislak Center, Van-Pelt Dietrich library, 6th floor

9:30 – 10:45: Parallel Sessions 5a, 5b, 5c

5a Early H. D., Pound, and Ford Madox Ford, Pavilion
Chair: Evelyn Haller, Doane University
Mary Maxwell, Independent Scholar and Poet
H. D. and Ford Madox Ford in Kensington and After
Yoshiko Kita, Chuo University, Tokyo
Pound’s Vorticism and H.D.: “the point of maximum energy”

5b Pound’s Aesthetics and Pound's Politics, rm 626-27
Chair: Catherine Paul, Clemson University
Lin Wei, University of Pennsylvania / Renmin University of China
An American Poet with His Energy in the Vortex
Emily Rich, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“Go in fear of abstractions”: E. P., Carl Schmitt, and the Sovereignty
Karl S. Sen Gupta, University of Texas at Dallas
The Etiology of Pound’s Antisemitism: A Levinasian Analysis

5c Studies in the Cantos I: 16, 17, and 18, rm 625
Chair: Roxana Preda, University of Edinburgh
John Beall, Collegiate School, New York City
Pound’s Composition of Canto 16
Courtney Ruffner Grieneisen, State College of Florida
A New Paradise: Analysis of the Venetian Paradise in Canto 17 and the Implication of Hypertext
Jeff Grieneisen, State College of Florida
The Cost and the Value: Pound’s Turn to Economics in Canto 18 and the Implications of Hypertext

10:45 – 11:15: Coffee Break

11.15 – 12:30: Parallel Sessions 6a, 6b, 6c

6a Later H.D., Later Pound: Trilogy and The Pisan CantosPavilion
Chair: Viorica Patea, University of Salamanca
Emily Olsen, Virginia Commonwealth University
The Lens of Trauma: H. D.’s Visual Projection of War in Trilogy
Giuliana Ferreccio, Università di Torino
Ritual and Performance in The Pisan Cantos and H. D.’s Trilogy

6b Pound and Williams II: Pedagogy, Politics, and Economics, rm 626-27
Chair: Alec Marsh, Muhlenberg College
Alan Golding, University of Louisville
“Seek it in poetry”: Dewey, Williams, and Pedagogy in the 1920s
Andy Trevathan, Louisiana State University
“In through the out door”: Pound’s Poetry and the Political

12:30 – 2:00: Lunch
Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall

2:00 – 3:15: Parallel Sessions 7a, 7b, 7c

7a Pound’s Complexes: Mauberley and Sextus Propertius, Pavilion
Chair: Peter Liebregts, Leiden University
Rong Ou, Hangzhou Normal University
“Flaneur” in Mauberley: Succession and Extension of Its Modern Image
Rhett Forman, University of Dallas
“Mandate of Eros”: Erotic Love in Hugh Selwyn Mauberley
Christian Bancroft, University of Houston
“And in the meantime my songs will travel”: Queering Translation in Pound’s Homage to Sextus Propertius

7b Pound in Washington, rm 626-27
Chair: William Pratt, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Nell Pach, University of Chicago
Good Intentions: Moral Anxiety and the Bollingen Controversy
Kenneth Haynes, Brown University
“Out of von Humboldt”: Ezra Pound, Humboldt, and the Twentieth Century
Svetlana Ehtee, University of New Brunswick
Reshaping the St. Elizabeth's Years: Edward Stresino and Ezra Pound (Read by Biljana D. Obradović)

7c Studies in the Cantos II: Methods and Meanings, rm 625
Chair: Ron Bush, University of Oxford
Jonathan Pollock, University of Perpignan
Pound, Bergson, and the Vortex of Memory
Akitoshi Nagahata, Nagoya University
Gloss Translation and The Cantos
Jack Baker, Durham University
Pound and the Ineffable

3:15 – 3:45: Coffee Break

3:45 – 5:00: Parallel Sessions 8a, 8b

8a “All Ages Are Contemporaneous”: Ezra Pound’s Education, Pavilion
Chair: Andrew Houwen, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University
Eloisa Bressan, Northwestern University
Pound’s Occitania: Between Philology and Politics
Mark Byron, University of Sydney
Ezra Pound’s Education in Early Medieval Thought
Ira Nadel, University of British Columbia
Pound’s Modern Education

8b Pound’s Legacy among Early Friends and Critics, rm 626-27
Chair: Anderson Araujo, University of British Columbia
Alec Marsh, Muhlenberg College
A Precursor to Hugh Selwyn Mauberley?: Pound’s Farewell to Graduate School
Anne Conover, Independent Scholar, Washington, D.C.
Ezra Pound and Caresse Crosby: From Black Sun to Roccasinibalda
Michael Coyle, Colgate University
Pound’s Expounder: Harold Watts and Hugh Kenner’s “Prefatory Distinction”

5:00 – 9:00: Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
34th and Walnut Streets to board PennTransit buses

Pre-registration required. For more information, see the Tours page.

Departures: Those who have signed up should meet at 34th and Walnut Streets to board PennTransit buses.
5:00 pm: First trip leaves from 34th and Walnut / 5:30 pm: Second trip leaves from 34th and Walnut
Returns: from Museum West Entrance by way of the spotlighted Water Works and Boathouse Row.
8:30 pm: First return trip to 34th and Walnut 9:00 pm: Second return trip to 34th and Walnut

Dinner on Your Own
 

THURSDAY, 22 JUNE
9:00 am – 12:30 pm: Registration
Kislak Center, Van-Pelt Dietrich library, 6th floor

9:30 – 10:45: Parallel Sessions 9a, 9b, 9c

9a Modernist Methods: Pound, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens, Pavilion
Chair: Kathryn Stergiopoulos, Claremont McKenna College
Demetres Tryphonopoulos, Brandon University
Ezra Pound’s Role in Marianne Moore’s Shift from Syllabic to Free Verse (1921-25) (read by Ira Nadel)
Fiona Green, University of Cambridge
Pound, Moore, Syllables, and History
Hidetoshi Tomiyama, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo
Twists of “Metaphor” in Ezra Pound and Wallace Stevens

9b Pound, Cathay, and Mount Tai, rm 626-27
Chair: Yoshiko Kita, Chuo University, Tokyo
Chengru He, University of Alabama
Middle Kingdom Revisited: On Sounds and Structure of Verse- Libre in Cathay
Christos Hadjiyiannis, Wolfson College, Oxford/University of Cyprus
Ezra Pound and the Idea of Self-Sacrifice
Kent Su, University College London
Ezra Pound and Du Fu: Gazing at Mt. Tai

9c Pound among the Europeans, rm 625
Chair: Giuliana Ferreccio, Università di Torino
Walter Baumann, University of Ulster
Rainer Maria Gerhardt (1927-1954) and Ezra Pound
Viorica Patea, Universidad de Salamanca
Some Secrets and Revelations: Pound’s Reception in Romance Languages

10:45 – 11:15: Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30: Parallel Sessions 10a, 10b, 10c

10a New Guides to Ezra: Digitalized Cantos, the Annotated Guide to Kulchur, and The Letters of Basil Bunting, Pavilion
Chair: Mark Byron, University of Sydney
Robin Seguy, Yale University
Newer Approaches to Ezra Pound
Anderson Araujo, University of British Columbia
Odds and Ends of a Companion to Ezra Pound’s Guide to Kulchur
Alex Niven, Newcastle University
“Dear Grain of Salt”: The Letters of Basil Bunting

10B Pound’s Pennsylvania Environs, rm 626-27
Chair: Barry Ahearn, Tulane University
John Gery, University of New Orleans
Pound and/or Franklin: A Reading of Canto 31
Michele Reese, University of South Carolina, Sumter
Across the River: Pound and Whitman
Stoddard Martin, Independent Scholar, London
Pound and Jeffers: Two Pennsylvania Poets: A Comparison

10C Pound Translated, rm 625
Chair: Biljana D. Obradović, Xavier University of Louisiana
Rodolfo Brandão de Proença Jaruga, Universidade Federal do Paraná Curitiba - Paraná, Brasil
A Third Time? Translating Canto 1 into Brazilian Portuguese
Whitney DeVos, University of California, Santa Cruz
“Graffiti from the Mausoleum of Ezra Pound”: After-Lives of Logopoeia in the Documentary Poetry of Nicanor Parra and Ernesto Cardenal
Andrei Bronnikov, Independent Scholar, Amsterdam
Ezra Pound and His Cantos for the Russian Reader

12:30 – 2:00: Lunch
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

2:15 – 5:30: Visit to Pound’s Jenkintown and Wyncote
34th and Walnut Streets to board PennTransit buses

Pre-registration required. For more information, see the Tours page.

2:10 Those who have signed up will meet at 34th and Walnut Streets to board PennTransit buses for drive to Cheltenham Township
3:00 Reception at Cavalry Presbyterian Church, Wyncote
3:30 Emily Mitchell Wallace, Bryn Mawr College: Interior of 166 Fernbrook Avenue and Other Matters
4:00 Visitors can walk to view the exterior of 166 Fernbrook Avenue
4:30 PennTransit buses will take visitors back to Penn

Dinner on Your Own

FRIDAY, 23 JUNE
9:00 am – 12:30 pm: Registration
Kislak Center, Van-Pelt Dietrich library, 6th floor

9:30 – 10:45: Session 11, ​Pavilion

Plenary: Re-Reading Some Cantos
Chair: Michael Coyle, Colgate University
Roxana Preda, University of Edinburgh
Pound, Joyce, and the Americans in Paris, 1921
Ron Bush, University of Oxford
“Reserved”: Censorship and Self-Censorship in the Composition of The Pisan Cantos

10:45 – 11:15: Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30: Session 12, Pavilion

Plenary: Pounding Fascism Today
Chair: Alan Golding, University of Louisville
Avery Slater, University of Toronto
Fascist Modernism in Italy
Joshua Kotin, Princeton University
Pound and Bernstein
Jill Richards, Yale University
Modernist Mansplaining
Respondent: Charles Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania

12:30 – 2:00: Lunch
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

2:00 – 3:30: Session 13, Pavilion

Poetry Reading
Chairs: Justin Kishbaugh, Roger Williams University; Catherine Paul, Clemson University
Poets: Andrei Bronnikov, David Cappella, Silvia Falsaperla, Rhett Forman, John Gery, Jeff Grieneisen, Justin Kishbaugh, Thomas Heffernan, Mary Maxwell, Biljana D. Obradović, Matthew Porto, Michelle Reese, Ron Smith

3:30 – 4:30: Business Meeting, Pavilion
Chairs: Walter Baumann, University of Ulster John Gery, University of New Orleans

8:00-10:00: Conference Banquet
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 24-25 JUNE
Post-Conference Excursion: Bryn Mawr College; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Rutherford and Paterson, New Jersey.

Pre-registration required. For more information, see the Excursion page.