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Call For Papers: MLA Convention, Seattle 2020
The Ezra Pound Society Panel
'Pacific Pound'

The Atlantic Ocean has served as a primary transit zone of cultural production and critical response for much of the history of Modernism Studies. More recently the field has sought to expand its focus to other regions, nations, and modes of literary and artistic expression in an attempt to chart a more inclusive model for what Modernism Studies can be. How might such an enterprise shape the reception of Ezra Pound – an author long positioned at or near the centre of the Modernist canon – and how might a reorientation to the Pacific Ocean provide new insights into his work and influence? Pound Studies has long taken seriously his engagements with China and Japan, but new work still needs to be done on his relation to other Pacific zones such as Australia, South America, and South-East Asia. What might we make of Pound’s occlusion of New Zealand, Polynesia and South-East Asia in light of his tendencies toward encyclopaedism? How might Pound be reconsidered in light of the rise (and perhaps the eclipse) of the Pacific Rim as a geopolitical and geoliterary concept? Papers will be considered that seek to address any of these questions or related questions that take the Pacific and its region(s), including China and Japan, as a point of departure for Pound’s poetry, prose, personal and professional affiliations, or influence.

Please send 250-word proposals and a short biographical statement by 20 March to Mark Byron at

MARK BYRON is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Sydney and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. His current project, Modernism and the Early Middle Ages, has thus far produced the monograph Ezra Pound\'s Eriugena (London: Bloomsbury, 2014) and a dossier co-edited with Stefano Rosignoli on Samuel Beckett and the Middle Ages in the Journal of Beckett Studies 25.1 (2016). Mark has edited Ezra Pound’s and Olga Rudge’s The Blue Spill with Sophia Barnes (London: Bloomsbury, 2019), and the forthcoming essay collection The New Ezra Pound Studies (Cambridge, 2019). He is the current President of the Ezra Pound Society.

Conference Location: Seattle, United States
Conference Starts: January 09, 2020
Conference Ends: January 12, 2020

CFP Submission Deadline: March 20, 2019

For more information, contact: Mark Byron