As you know, Pound was getting Chinese from all corners from about
1913 onwards. He had inherited the Fenollosa papers and through them,
became acquainted with Taoist and Buddhist poets of the T'ang period, as
well as with Chinese aesthetics and poetics generally. But he also
started reading Confucius about this time, and as Mary Cheadle argues,
Pound remained a Confucian virtually all the rest of his works and days,
even if his understanding of Confucianism changed time and again.
Given the enduring and profound impact of Confucianism on Pound's
work and thought, please consider leading a 20 minute learned discussion
(as opposed to exclusively reading from a paper--we need more life in
our sessions.) on the subject at this year's MLA Convention. Send
title, abstract, and short vita to Robert Kibler, via e-mail, no later
than 15 March.
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All the arts lose virtue against the essential reality of
Creatures going about their business among the
Equally earnest elements of nature.
Robinson Jeffers, "Boats in Fog"
Robert E. Kibler, Assoc. Prof. English and Humanities
Director, Northern Plains Writing Project
Room 229 West, Hartnett Hall
Minot State University
500 University Blvd West
Minot, north Dakota 58707
701 858 3876
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