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Composer and Pound scholar, R. Murray Schafer, who attended McLuhan's class in the early 50s, was fond of telling how McLuhan would teach that "Finnegans Wake was a radio program, not a book". 

I failed to ask Schafer what McLuhan said to his students about "The Cantos."

McLuhan wrote in 1957 that Wyndham Lewis was the first to use the media "en bloc" in his writings.

McLuhan student, Joe Keogh, wrote an article in the early 80s pointing out the mating of the page and the telephone in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock".

McLuhan's first PhD. student, Donald Theall ( former President of Trent University), pointed out in his PhD (1954) that Joyce did not have his writing imitate modern communications but took aspects of them to enhance his written art.

It would seem that McLuhan felt that the electric and electronic forms were the key to understanding the Radical Modernist innovations created by the "Men of 1914". 

Does anybody know if teachers of later generations made these points in their pedagogy?

I see Peter Montgomery, student of McLuhan in the early 60s, is on this list. 

Did McLuhan mention these ideas in the classes you attended, Peter?

Bob Dobbs

On Sep 29, 2013, at 11:59 PM, Michael Edmunds wrote:

> These quotes certainly add some insight into McLuhan's work and its relationship to Pound. McLuhan's visit ( and correspondence ), with Kenner, to visit Pound and McLuhan's last public talk before his death on Pound can be better understood now with these references. Thanks Bob.