The Modernist Response to Chinese Art: Pound, Moore, Stevens

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University of Virginia Press, 2003 - Art - 274 pages
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What role did Chinese art play in the poetic development of Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens? How could they share Chinese artists' Dao, an aesthetic held to be beyond verbal representation? In this sequel to his critically acclaimed study Orientalism and Modernism, Zhaoming Qian investigates the ways in which these three modernist poets received Chinese artistic notions and assimilated them into their literary masterpieces. With forty rare and previously unpublished photographs presented with accompanying analysis, this study reconstructs the three poets' dialogue with the Chinese masters.

In addition to examining Canto 49, "Nine Nectarines," and "Six Significant Landscapes," by Pound, Moore, and Stevens, respectively, Qian provides indispensable historical and cultural material never before recorded in a single work. The Modernist Response to Chinese Art pays long-overdue attention to the role of several early collections of Chinese art in England and America; it clarifies some common misconceptions about Confucianism and Daoism; it identifies in the modernist poets both linkage to and revolt against their predecessors'--and peers'--hegemonic Orientalism; and it intensifies awareness of modernist Orientalism not as a monolithic and constant conception but as a slippery and shifting process.

Zhaoming Qian, Professor of English at the University of New Orleans, is the author of Orientalism and Modernism: The Legacy of China in Pound and Williams and the editor of Ezra Pound and China.

 

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Contents

Preface
xv
China in Galleries
1
Pound and Chinese Art in the British Museum Era
3
Chinese Art Arrives in America Stevens and Moore
22
Remaking Culture
45
Pound and Pictures of Confucian Ideals
47
The Eternal Dao Pound and Moore
64
Stevens and Chan Art
81
Pounds Seven Lakes Canto
123
The Poets as Critics and Connoisseurs
139
Pound Fenollosa and The Chinese Written Character
141
Stevens as Art Collector
155
Moore and The Tao of Painting
167
Late Modernism and the Orient
179
Moore and O to Be a Dragon
181
Nothingness and Late Stevens
193

Picturing the Other
97
Stevenss Six Significant Landscapes
99
Moore and MingQing Porcelain Nine Nectarines
111
The Chinese in RockDrill and Thrones
207
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Zhaoming Qian, Professor of English at the University of New Orleans, is the author of Orientalism and Modernism: The Legacy of China in Pound and Williams and the editor of Ezra Pound and China.

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