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Epic Reinvented: Ezra Pound and the Victorians Mary Ellis Gibson

Epic Reinvented: Ezra Pound and the Victorians

Mary Ellis Gibson

Published December 1st 1995
ISBN : 9780801431333
Hardcover
240 pages
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In Epic Reinvented, Mary Ellis Gibson examines Ezra Pounds Cantos to trace connections between his aesthetics and his politics. She treats little-known and unpublished writings, including many early poems. One substantial poem, In Praise of theMoreIn Epic Reinvented, Mary Ellis Gibson examines Ezra Pounds Cantos to trace connections between his aesthetics and his politics. She treats little-known and unpublished writings, including many early poems. One substantial poem, In Praise of the Masters, appears here in print for the first time. Discussing Pounds relationship to his Victorian predecessors, particularly Robert Browning and nineteenth-century historians, Gibson demonstrates how Pounds attempt to write a post-Romantic epic both confronted questions of genre and social order and led to the unpredictabilities of his politics. She develops a rhetorical tropology to account for the formal and cultural dimensions of Pounds contradictions. Exploring fin-de-siecle publishing, Gibson investigates how Pounds utopian political vision was rooted in nineteenth-century and fascist ideologies of gender. Violence is implicit in both. For Gibson, the aesthetic Pound and the political Pound, Pound the visionary and Pound the historian, are one.