EZRA POUND AND THE SPANISH WORLD
DATE: 18 February 2019
FROM: John Gery, Secretary, Ezra Pound International Conference
TO: Presenters, Friends, and Others
RE: 28th Ezra Pound International Conference, 25-29 June 2019
Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, with Post-EPIC Excursion, 30 June-2 July to Burgos, Medinaceli, and Madrid
The Conveners of the 28th Ezra Pound International Conference, scheduled for the University of Salamanca, Spain, 24-29 June 2019, welcome you to start planning your trip and to register for this year’s EPIC conference. We look forward to your participation. This meeting promises to be a momentous one in Pound studies to be held in a beautiful, historic setting in a country whose literature shaped Pound’s thought from an early age, whose culture remained essential to him throughout his life, and whose modern writers he has continued to influence into the twenty-first century.
As you know, the conference theme is “Ezra Pound and the Spanish World.” In addition to papers and talks on Pound’s works, life, influence and legacy, the 28th EPIC will offer a range of new approaches in particular on Pound’s views of, interactions with, and impact on Spanish culture and the Spanish-speaking world, including a number of plenary panels that will feature distinguished Spanish poets and scholars discussing Pound and Spain, as well as Portuguese and Latin American writing. Additional special events planned for this meeting include a rare Concert by Heriberto Cruz of Piano Compositions by Gerhart Münch, a walking tour of the University of Salamanca campus, a bi-lingual Poetry Reading of Spanish-speaking and English-speaking poets, a city bus Tour of Salamanca, special receptions and luncheons, and the always popular EPIC Banquet. In addition, an optional two-night, three-day excursion is planned after the conference to Burgos, home of the Cid where the city cathedral houses El Cid’s treasure chest of sand; Medinaceli, home of the first Pound plaque dedicated in Europe, and Madrid, with visits to Lope de Vega’s house and the Spanish art rooms at the Prado.
So you can begin planning your trip, attached to this email you will find the EPIC Registration Form, to be completed and emailed or mailed with your registration fee (according to your choice of currency). Please follow the directions on the form.
For the 28th EPIC, please complete the Registration Form, and send it to John Gery as an email attachment. You can pay your Registration and Optional Fees in (1) euros by bank transfer, (2) pounds sterling by cheque, (3) U.S. dollars by check or money order, or (4) U.S. dollars by PayPal. (If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can open one). To plan your travel and explore lodging options that offer an EPIC discount, see the EPIC-Salamanca website:
To register and receive the EARLY REGISTRATION Conference discount, please register no later than Friday, 26 April 2019. After that date and onsite, registrants will be charged the full fee. Also, if you plan to join the Two-night Excursion to Burgos-Medinaceli-Madrid, please register as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, 15 March 2019; after 15 March 2019 the price of this trip will increase.
Very soon, you will receive by email a tentative draft of the conference program, as well as other updates and information. The Registration Form, Tentative Conference Program, and other information will also be posted on the EPIC-Salamanca website, so keep checking it.
The University of Salamanca, founded in 1218, now celebrating its 8th centenary, is located a two-hour bus ride northwest of Madrid in the capital city of the Salamanca province in the Castile and León region. Dating to before the third century BCE, the city itself, as a historic crossroad, has a long, storied past, having been occupied Celts, Romans, Visigoths, and Moors. But it has long been famous as the home of the oldest Spanish university in the world and fourth oldest university still in operation anywhere. Situated in the city center, it is next to Salamanca’s Cathedral and within a short walk of the grand Plaza Mayor, as well as of numerous hotels.
For four days in Salamanca, the 28th EPIC will offer papers, presentations, readings, discussions, and music, much of which will explore Pound’s close ties to Spain and the Spanish world (with talks accompanied by simultaneous English translations when necessary): “Pound, the Spanish, and Didactic Poetics,” “Spanish Classics and The Cantos,” “Pound, Spanish Writers, and Politics in the 1930s,” and “Pound’s Impact on Spanish Poets.” In addition to such sessions as “Pound in London after the Victorians,” “Ezra Pound, Dramatist,” “Pound and Confucius,” “Pound and Modern Criticism,” “Pound and the English Poets,” “‘Popular’ Pound,” eight sessions on The Cantos, a Roundtable Discussion: “After the Pound Era,” and others will make for a rich, intense set of presentations. Speakers to anticipate include outstanding Spanish scholars and poets such as José María Alvarez, Antonio Colinas, Juan Antonio González Iglesias, Antonio Portela, Jaime Siles, and others, together with our usual diverse range of acclaimed scholars, critics, and poets from around the world: Michael Alexander, Anderson Araujo, Maria Luisa Ardizzone, Massimo Bacigalupo, Walter Baumann, Ron Bush, Mark Byron, Diana Collecott, Michael Coyle, Kenneth Haynes, Michael Kindellan, Yoshiko Kita, Peter Liebregts, Tony Lopez, Alec Marsh, Ira Nadel, Akitoshi Nagahata, Rong Ou, Marjorie Perloff, Roxana Preda, Caterina Ricciardi, Ron Smith, Demetres Tryphonopoulas, Robert von Hallberg, Helen May Williams, Stephen Wilson, and many more.
After visiting Spain on tour with his parents and Aunt Frank in 1902, on his Harrison Fellowship to study the plays of Lope de Vega in 1906, and as his port of entry to Europe in 1908, Pound became attached to Spain in a fashion he would never forget. From Venice in July 1908 he wrote his parents of his plan to write a novel set in Spain, and in April 1910 from Lago di Garda, Italy, he wrote to his father, “if one were not bound by necessity one would live in Italy most of the time & visit Spain now & then.” This Pound conference will pay homage to Pound’s lifelong attachment to the Spanish world and likely redefine that attachment for modernist studies.
The 28th EPIC Co-Conveners and staff look forward to seeing you in Salamanca in June!
Walter Baumann, University of Ulster
John Gery, University of New Orleans
Viorica Patea, Universidad de Salamanca
REGISTRATION announcement.2019.02.17For more details and to register, check this website:
28th Ezra Pound International Conference Ezra Pound and the Spanish World
“¿Cantan aún los gallos del Cid al amanecer en Medinaceli?”
(“Do the roosters still crow at dawn in Medinaceli?”)
Posted April 19, 2019