Ezra Pound and the Visual Culture of Modernism by Rebecca BeasleyEzra Pound and the Visual Culture of Modernism by Rebecca Beasley

Ezra Pound and the Visual Culture of Modernism

byRebecca Beasley

Paperback | August 26, 2010

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Ezra Pound was deeply engaged with the avant-garde art scene in London and Paris during the early twentieth century. The effects of this engagement were not restricted to experiments in poetic form, however; they directly shaped Pound's social and political thought. In this 2007 book Rebecca Beasley tracks Pound's education in visual culture in chapters that explore Pound's early poetry in the context of American aestheticism and middle-class education; imagism, anarchism and post-impressionist painting; vorticism and anti-democracy in early drafts of The Cantos; Dadaist conceptual art, internationalism and Pound's turn to Italian fascism. In establishing a critical vocabulary profoundly indebted to the visual arts, Pound laid the basis for a literary modernism that is, paradoxically, a visual culture. Drawing on archive materials and magazine contributions, this study makes an important contribution to our understanding of Pound's intellectual development and the relationship between modernist literature and the visual arts.
Title:Ezra Pound and the Visual Culture of ModernismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:August 26, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521152674

ISBN - 13:9780521152679


Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. American aestheticism: the origins of an interdisciplinary modernism; 2. Imagism, vorticism, and the politics of criticism; 3. A visual poetics? From the first cantos to Mauberley; 4. Conceptual art and the rappel ... l'ordre; Afterword; Index.