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Readings in the Cantos: Volume I$
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Richard Parker

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954408

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781942954408.001.0001

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Canto 32

Canto 32

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Readings in the Cantos: Volume I

Eric White

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the transatlantic print cultures that informed Pound’s production of Canto 32. In particular, it focuses on Pound’s engagement with little magazines such as Pagany: A Native Quarterly, where the Canto first appeared. As an example of the “American turn” in the Middle Cantos, Canto 32 epitomizes the strategies that Pound used to negotiate a new relationship between poetry and its socio-political contexts. He explicitly connects his preoccupations with the American Revolution, economic crisis and impending warfare to the transatlantic exchanges of ideas and the transit of material goods and economic instruments that proliferate in the Canto. Teasing out such connections through a series of materialist readings, the chapter argues that Pound manipulated periodical codes to extend and augment the historical connections he sought to form between literature and the actual world, from the highest corridors of power to the quotidian routines of getting and spending. Ultimately, it claims, magazines such as Pagany, The Exile, and the transatlantic review helped Pound make news that stayed news.

Keywords:   little magazines, print culture, transatlantic modernism, economics, American Revolution, politics

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