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By Emeritu Ruthven
Bringing the various insights of contemporary serious conception to undergo on loads of information regarding Pound's actions as a literary critic (some of it made to be had purely recently), K.K. Ruthven presents a provocative re-reading of a huge modernist author who ruled the discourse of modernism.
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For as long as students continue to have too many claims on their time, academic and otherwise, the prospect of reading fewer books than are required is always going to be attractive. Leavis was when he wrote that ‘life isn’t long enough to permit of one’s giving much time to Fielding or any at all to Mr. ] Priestley’ (Leavis 1948:3). Close reading, as a critical practice which deals with wholes by focusing on symptomatic parts (on the grounds that once you have learnt to read the part you will go on to read the whole with discrimination), is similarly vulnerable to misappropriation by busy people who are only too glad to take the part as a substitute for the whole.
I’ve read too little and I read very slowly’, Pound told Santayana’s secretary in 1966 (Cory 1968:38). Slow reading can be turned to advantage in the domain of philology, which demands of its practitioners a detailed attention to the morphological structures of the words on the page. Pound could also recommend slow reading to other people as a means of appreciating his own intricately allusive and polyglot poems, which (he told Thomas Hardy in 1921) need to be ‘read as carefully as…a difficult latin or greek text’ (Hutchins 1968:100).
Pound’s experience of the history of literary criticism as represented by Penniman left him with the conviction (which he never bothered to question) that all academics who study criticism are mindless cataloguers of other people’s opinions. The possibility that writers and academics might meet on the common ground of 18 The academic critic literary theory never occurred to him, and so he took no interest in a book published in 1915 called The Modern Study of Literature. Its author, Richard Green Moulton, taught at the University of Chicago, where he was Professor of Literary Theory and Interpretation, a title which may surprise those who think of literary theory as something invented in the 1960s.
Ezra Pound as Literary Critic (Critics of the Twentieth Century) by Emeritu Ruthven