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  21st Ezra Pound International Conference
Rapallo, Italy
July 4-7, 2005

The 21st Ezra Pound International Conference will be held in Rapallo,
Italy, Pound's home during most of his Italian years.  Sessions will
take place at the Villa Tigullio on the waterfront, near the Giardino
Ezra Pound, a small memorial pond and garden which Rapallo dedicated
to Pound.  Lodging will be in various Rapallo hotels, with meals
there or in other places at the discretion of participants, who will
have the opportunity to relax in the seafront Caffé Rapallo, under
the balcony of  Ezra and Dorothy Pound's apartment in Via Marsala,
once the headquarters of the "Ezuversity." The registration and
opening session will be held in the Salone Consigliare of the Town
Hall, where Pound arranged concerts of music, and where the fiddle
score which is now Canto 75 was first performed by Olga Rudge.  There
will be visits to Sant' Ambrogio, where Pound lived with Olga, which
forms the background of some of his most haunting lines. Excursions
to nearby Pound places such as Portofino, Portovenere, and Zoagli
will be arranged. Among the highlights of this conference will be the
possibility of seeing, on the night of July 3 in the Gulf of
Tigullio, "the long boats set the lights in the water" as celebrated
in Canto 47.
Proposals are invited for papers on or related to the topic:

"Ezra Pound, Language and Persona"

Language and Persona (or Mask) are at the center of Ezra Pound's
work, from his first commercial volume, Personae (1909) to his last
Drafts and Fragments of Cantos CX-CXVII (1968).  The Anglo-Saxon
Seafarer, the Chinese Exile, Propertius, and Confucius, are only a
few of his major masks. ("Give a man a mask and he will tell you the
truth," as Oscar Wilde famously put it.) Pound also gave voice to
many goddesses and women, ancient and modern, introducing aspects of
language and gender. Other masks are his parodies of style, from the
vernacular to the Biblical, and his tireless exploration of
languages, Western and Eastern.  His heroes could be called "men made
out of words."

Committee:              Massimo Bacigalupo, University of Genova, Italy
                        Walter Baumann, University of Ulster, Ireland
                        David Moody, University of York, England
                        William Pratt, Miami University of Ohio

Papers should be timed for 30 minutes delivery and 15 minutes
discussion.  Proposals should be no more than a page in length, and
should be sent by Oct. 1, 2004,  via regular mail, air mail (outside
the USA) or email, to the Conference Secretary:

                        William Pratt
                        Department of English
                        Miami University
                        Oxford OH 45056 USA
                Email address:  [log in to unmask]
Anyone interested, with or without a proposal, should write to the
Conference Secretary.