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The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry


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List of Illustrations ix Conventions xi Preface xiii Fenollosa Compounded: A Discrimination Haun Saussy 1 The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry: An Ars Poetica Ernest Fenollosa, with a Foreword and Notes by Ezra Pound (1918, 1936) 41 Appendix: With Some Notes by a Very Ignorant Man Ezra Pound 61 The Chinese Written Language as a Medium for Poetry Ernest Fenollosa (final draft , ca. 1906, with Pound's notes, 1914-16) 75 Synopsis of Lectures on Chinese and Japanese Poetry Ernest Fenollosa (1903) 105 Chinese and Japanese Poetry. Draft of Lecture I. Vol. II. Ernest Fenollosa (1903) 126 Chinese and Japanese Traits Ernest Fenollosa (1892) 144 The Coming Fusion of East and West Ernest Fenollosa (1898) 153 Chinese Ideals Ernest Fenollosa (Nov. 15th 1900) 166 [Retrospect on the Fenollosa Papers] Ezra Pound (1958) 174 Notes 177 Works Cited 209

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Ezra Pound (1884-1972) was a leading Modernist poet and the driving force behind Imagism and Vorticism. Haun Saussy is University Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. He won the Rene Wellek Prize for Comparative Literature (for the second time) for his most recent book, Translation as Citation: Zhuangzi Inside Out (Oxford, 2018). His book The Ethnography of Rhythm: Orality and Its Technologies (Fordham, 2016) was awarded the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies.


"Fenollosa's critical assessment of what could evolve from a blending of the East and West is perhaps more relevant today than when it was written." -Oyster Boy Review "How can we come to a new understanding of Chinese classical literature when our inherited view of it is so powerfully shaped and conditioned by a 'strong misreading,' which is a vital part of our own poetic language? This question afflicts Haun Saussy in his extraordinary introduction to a new critical edition of The Chines Written Character as a Medium for Poetry, which presents both the edited and original versions of Fenollosa's essay." -The Threepenny Review "In this superbly edited volume, Fenollosa's seminal texts and Ezra Pound's editorial markings appear together for the first time in multiple historical incarnations. The novelty and richness of the seven essays and other fragments continue to surprise and challenge the reader, even though these were written over a hundred years ago. The book offers much more than a historical document. It sheds new light on the originality of modernist poetics in its early moment: a daring effort to assert a common humanity on the basis of Chinese poetry and art at a time when racism swayed public opinion under the Chinese Exclusion Act. An important contribution to the study of modernism, American literature, comparative poetics, and cultural translation." -- -Lydia H. Liu Columbia University "This is the book that I have been waiting for since I first read Ezra Pound's version of Ernest Fenollosa's The Chinese Character as a Medium for Poetry nearly half a century ago. In that guise, Fenollosa's seminal essay was immensely influential, but it had been commandeered by Pound's powerful mind and idiosyncratic views. Now, at last, Haun Saussy and his colleagues have not only given us Fenollosa's original essay in all of its glory and tentativeness, through an ingenious format and meticulous scholarship they have succeeded in presenting this masterpiece of modern poetics as the organic, evolving experiment in cultural interfusion it was meant to be." -- -Victor H. Mair University of Pennsylvania This book-indispensable to anyone following modern poetics-reminds us that one of the four most influential modern essays on poetry (the others are T.S. Eliot's) was the product of a scholar-translator, writing in 1903, well before there was any modern poetry in English. Fenollosa's belief that the Chinese language is profoundly suited to poetry is well known, but because of Pound's editing, we had no way of knowing what Fenollosa made of the music of poetry. Least of all could we have imagined that he thought the music of this poetry was better preserved by Japanese phonics than by living Chinese speakers. Fenollosa was an idealistic advocate of Anglo-American empire fused with pan-Asian "humanity," by which he meant roughly what is covered by the term "humanities." He saw the approach of a peaceful east/west fusion, economic, military, and cultural, and sought to guide its arrival by elucidating the art of classical Chinese poetry, without any expectation that his essay would alter the ways that Anglo-American poets shape sentences. This handsome edition is a major contribution to the history of modern poetics. Until now we have known little of the intellectual, political, and religious context of this great essay on diction and syntax. Haun Saussy, Jonathan Stalling, and Lucas Klein reveal the range and growth of Fenollosa's still appealing conviction that modern poetry has to go far beyond national borders. -- -Robert von Hallberg University of Chicago "This, the first critical edition of Ernest Fenollosa's The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry, is a milestone in literary scholarship. Haun Saussy and his colleagues have produced an indispensable book-one that shows precisely how Ezra Pound, reworking Fenollosa, "invented" the China we have come to accept as central to his poetry-and to 20th century poetry in general. Saussy's theoretical-critical Introduction is nothing short of brilliant, as are the notes and archival materials. A must-own book for Modernists!" -- -Marjorie Perloff Stanford University "Scholarly edition that combines the first full publication of Fenollosa's essay as he wrote it, along with the 1919 version of the essay as altered by Ezra Pound." -The Chronicle of Higher Education "This well-edited critical edition allows us to see for the first time just what Fenollosa's original essays looked like before being submitted to Pound's editorial excisions." -- -Richard Sieburth New York University

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