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Mon, 21 Mar 2005 08:06:30 -0600
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Subject: Call for Papers Concerning Pound and Confucianism

Fellow Poundians,
   I am reseninding this email with an extension date to April 15. I
have just returned from the Outer Hebrides, where I trekked out to see
the stones of Callanish--all of which was great. But returning, I find
that my email has been closed down by the university in error. So all is
up and running again, and so I ask you to please submit abstracts
concerning our Pound and Confucius session at the MLA. Two submissions
have reached me through fax, but for you others, please send again.
Thanks, Robert K

    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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