A Companion to Ezra Pound's Guide to Kulchur

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A Companion to Ezra Pound's Guide to Kulchur

Clemson University Press

2018

January 18th, 2018

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Published in 1938, Guide to Kulchur encapsulates Ezra Pound’s chief concerns: his cultural, historiographic, philosophical, and epistemological theories; his aesthetics and poetics; and his economic and political thought. In its fifty-eight chapters and postscript, it constitutes an interdisciplinary and transhistorical cultural anthropology that exemplifies his slogan for the renovation of ancient wisdom for current use—“ Make It New.” Though wildly encyclopedic, allusive and recursive, Guide to Kulchur is inescapable in any serious study of Pound. A Companion to Ezra Pound’s Guide to Kulchur addresses the formidable interpretive challenges his most far-reaching prose tract presents to the reader. Providing page-by-page glosses on key terms and passages in Guide, the Companion also situates Pound’s allusions and references in relation to other texts in his vast body of work, especially The Cantos. Striking a balance between rigorous scholarly standards and readerly accessibility, the bookis designed to meet the needs of the specialist while keeping the critical apparatus unobtrusive so as also to appeal to students and the general public. A long-needed resource, A Companion to Ezra Pound’s Guide to Kulchur makes a lasting contribution to thestudy of one of the most influential and controversial literary figures of the twentieth century.

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Anderson Araujo, Assistant Professor of English, University of British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Contents5
Acknowledgments9
Abbreviations13
Introduction17
Guide to Kulchur35
Frontispiece to PREFACE36
Part I45
Section I45
1. DIGEST OF THE ANALECTS46
2. THE NEW LEARNING: PART ONE57
3. SPARTA 776 B.C.76
4. TOTALITARIAN85
5. ZWECK or the AIM91
Section II107
6. VORTEX108
7. GREAT BASS: PART ONE119
8. ICI JE TESTE124
9. TRADITION129
Part II137
Section III137
10. GUIDE138
11. ITALY143
12. AESCHYLUS and . . .144
13. MONUMENTAL149
Section IV153
14. THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY IS . . . ?154
Part III157
Section V157
15. VALUES158
16. EUROPE OR THE SETTING162
17. SOPHISTS173
18. KULCHUR: PART ONE184
19. KULCHUR: PART TWO189
20. MARCH 12th194
21. TEXTBOOKS196
Section VI199
22. SAVOIR FAIRE200
23. THE NEW LEARNING: PART TWO209
24. EXAMPLES OF CIVILIZATION218
25. BOOKS “ABOUT”221
26. ON ANSWERING CRITICS226
Part IV229
Section VII229
27. MAXIMS OF PRUDENCE230
28. HUMAN WISHES231
Section VIII237
29. GUIDE TO KULCHUR238
30. THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING241
31. CANTI245
32. THE NOVEL AND SO FORTH248
33. PRECEDENTS254
34. ON ARRIVING AND NOT ARRIVING256
35. PRAISE SONG OF THE BUCK-HARE257
36. TIME-LAG258
37. THE CULTURE OF AN AGE259
Section IV261
38. EDUCATION OR INFORMATION262
39. NEO-PLATONICKS ETC.263
40. LOSSES266
41. ODES: RISKS270
42. GREAT BASS: PART TWO271
43. TONE273
Part V277
Section X277
44. GOVERNMENT278
45. THE RECURRING DECIMAL286
46. DECLINE OF THE ADAMSES290
47. ROYALTY AND ALL THAT292
Section XI303
48. ARABIA DESERTA304
49. KUNG307
50. CHAUCER WAS FRAMED?314
51. HAPPY DAYS317
52. THE PROMISED LAND322
Part VI327
Section XII327
53. STUDY OF PHYSIOGNOMY328
54. AND THEREFORE TENDING333
55. PERGAMENA DEEST368
56. WATCH THE BEANERIES370
Section XIII373
57. EPILOGUE374
58. TO RECAPITULATE375
ADDENDA: 1952377
Notes407
Index475