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Kevin Power

Portrayal of Ezra Pound URL:
The conference wants to cover two opposite focuses, hoping to shine some light over the first one in order to clarify the second one. The first focus will be the Pound of vanguard, the young and dynamic, the Pound worried about doing "something new" and the need to create an English-speaking version of modernism. The strong and self-confident Pound, who was a complicated friend, believer of the new art, and fierce defender of Brzeska, Lewis, Joyce, and Eliot as speakers of the new spirit, an attorney of imagination who through the visual arts moved to a much more dynamic concept, the vortex. And the second focus will be the Pound defender of fascism, compromised with the economical policies of Douglas and the authoritarian vision represented by Mussolini's fascism, a mixture of populism and totalitarianism. The aim would be to draft his relationship with Il Duce, his radio transmissions, his relationships with the powers of the fascist axis, his treason, and the so-called trial.
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