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- DescriptionFirst published in 1919 by Ezra Pound, Ernest Fellosa's essay on the Chinese written language has become one of the most often quoted statements in the history of American poetics. As edited by Pound, it presents a powerful conception of language that continues to shape our poetic and stylistic preferences: the idea that poems consist primarily of images; the idea that the sentence form with active verb mirrors relations of natural force. But previous editions of the essay represent Pound's understanding-it is fair to say, his appropriation-of the text. Fellosa's manuscripts, in the Beinecke Library of Yale University, allow us to see this essay in a different light, as a document of early, sustained cultural interchange between North America and East Asia. Pound's editing of the essay obscured two important features, here restored to view: Fellosa's encounter with Tendai Buddhism and Buddhist ontology, and his concern with the dimension of sound in Chinese poetry. This book is the definitive critical edition of Fellosa's important work. After a substantial Introduction, the text as edited by Pound is presented, together with his tes and plates. At the heart of the edition is the first full publication of the essay as Fellosa wrote it, accompanied by the many diagrams, characters, and tes Fellosa (and Pound) scrawled on the verso pages. Pound's deletions, insertions, and alterations to Fellosa's sometimes ornate prose are meticulously captured, enabling readers to follow the quasi-dialogue between Fellosa and his posthumous editor. Earlier drafts and related talks reveal the developmentof Fellosa's ideas about culture, poetry, and translation. Copious multilingual antation is an important feature of the edition. This masterfully edited book will be an essential resource for scholars and poets and a starting point for a renewed discussion of the multiple sources of American modernist poetry.
- Author BiographyERNEST FRANCISCO FENOLLOSA (1853-1908) taught at the Imperial University of Tokyo. In 1890 he became Asian curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. EZRA POUND (1884-1972) was a leading Modernist poet and the driving force behind Imagism and Vorticism. HAUN SAUSSY is Bird White Housum Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University.His books include The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic and Great Walls of Discourse and Other Adventures in Cultural China. JONATHAN STALLING is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. He is a co-editor of The Chinese Written Character as aMedium for Poetry: A Critical Edition (Fordham). LUCAS KLEIN is a graduate student in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University.
- Author(s)Ernest F. Fenollosa,Ezra Pound
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication01/11/2010
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Content Note8 b&w illus.
- Weight519 g
- Width198 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byHaun Saussy,Jonathan Stalling,Lucas Klein
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