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  • 1. ELIT 48C CLASS #18 Disinterested or Uninterested?
  • 2. DISINTERESTED VERSUS UNINTERESTED Disinterested traditionally means having no stake in the matter. For example, when you are arguing with someone, you might bring in a disinterested third person to help settle the issue fairly . Uninterested traditionally means not engaged, bored, or unconcerned.
  • 3. AGENDA My Antonia Mina Loy “Parturition” Author Introduction: Ezra Pound: make it new!
  • 4. THE AMERICAN DREAM: MY ANTONIA  Mrs. Shimerda uprooted her family against her husband's wishes. She said, "America big country, much money, much land for my boys, much husband for my girls."  Pavel and Peter were fugitives. The burgeoning country and economy provided many opportunities.  Tiny Soderball follows the frontier to Seattle and then, during the gold rush, to Alaska.  And, as always, swindlers and loan sharks, like Wick Cutter, preyed on the weak.  Lena is a successful dressmaker in San Francisco.  Ántonia and her husband flourish
  • 5. FOR ALL THE SUCCESSES, THE NOVEL IS RIDDLED WITH DISAPPOINTMENTS AND FAILURES  Otto and Jake go west, and except for one postcard, they are never heard of again. "Rooshian" Peter, who proudly told Ántonia that "in his country only rich people had cows, but here any man could have one who would take care of her," loses his partner, and bankruptcy forces him to sell his possessions. When Jim tells Ántonia that Coronado, who searched the American west for the Seven Golden Cities, died in the wilderness of a broken heart, she sighs, "More than him has done that." The American Dream had also broken her father.
  • 6. THE AMERICAN DREAM IN MY ANTONIA 1. Compare and contrast Tiny Soderball and Lena Lingard’s success with money. 2. Discuss the reasons why Willa Cather chose to have Antonia return to the Shimerda farm as an unwed mother. 3. Discuss the differences between the Cuzak household and the Shimerda household from many years before.
  • 7. A Discussion “PARTURITION” 1. QHQ on the “Parturition” 2. Discuss “Parturition” in conjunction with Loy’s Manifesto. 3. Discuss “Parturition” in conjunction with one critical theory 4. Discuss “Parturition” in conjunction with American Dream.
  • 8. QHQ: “PARTURITION” 1. Q: Why would Loy write a poem about childbirth? 2. Q: Is “Parturition” only about childbirth or is there a larger metaphor at work in the poem? 3. Q: What does childbirth symbolize in the eyes of Mina Loy as displayed in “Parturition”? 4. Q: Is she exploring the feminist movement through the description of childbirth? 5. Q: why does Loy end her poem with “Man and woman God made them–thank God”? 6. Q: Was Mina Loy describing fellatio in this poem?
  • 9. DISCUSS “PARTURITION” IN CONJUNCTION WITH LOY’S MANIFESTO. DISCUSS “PARTURITION” IN CONJUNCTION WITH FEMINIST THEORY DISCUSS “PARTURITION” IN CONJUNCTION WITH NEW CRITICISM DISCUSS “PARTURITION” IN CONJUNCTION WITH AMERICAN DREAM.
  • 10. AUTHOR INTRODUCTION EZRA POUND
  • 11. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, HE MET WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS AND HILDA DOOLITTLE (BOTH LATER TO BECOME, WITH POUND, PROMINENT MODERNIST POETS). POUND RECEIVED HIS MASTER’S DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA IN 1906. HE TOOKA JOB TEACHINGAT WABASH COLLEGE IN INDIANA. THIS TEACHING EXPERIENCE, HOWEVER, WAS A DISASTER FOR THE BOHEMIAN POUND, FOR INDIANA SOCIETY WAS DEEPLY CONSERVATIVE. HE WAS FIRED BEFORE THE SCHOOL YEAR ENDED FOR HAVING A WOMAN IN HIS ROOM WITHOUTA CHAPERONE. Ezra Pound was born October 30, 1885, in Hailey, Idaho. While in high school, Pound studied Latin, and this study moved him to concentrate on poetry and literary history.
  • 12. Disgusted by America’s conservatism, Pound resolved to go to Europe to become a poet. He ended up on London, where he quickly became a member of a number of literary circles. Within a few years, Pound became the center of a nascent literary movement, imagism, and through the sheer force of his will also became one of London’s most important literary figures. Pound was driven by the dictum “make it new.” Pound’s life grew significantly more difficult and complicated after his move to Italy, for he stopped seeing himself as a poet and began to feel that he was a public intellectual, a sage, a man who should be consulted by world leaders. He began to study history and economics, attempting to discover a solution for the problems of the world. At this time, he also grew increasingly attracted to Italy’s fascist leader, Benito Mussolini, and began to manifest a deep anti-Semitism. For twenty years, Pound continued to write cantos, but he also spoke more and more loudly against Roosevelt, against capitalism, and in favor of fascism.
  • 13. When the United States joined World War II in 1941, Pound tried to return to his home country but was not allowed to do so. To support himself and his family during the war, Pound volunteered to do radio broadcasts for Italian state radio. In response, the U.S. government indicted Pound for treason in 1943, and, after Italy fell, Pound was arrested, held in a cage near Pisa, and returned to Washington to face trial. Pound escaped the execution that could have been his fate when the judge found him mentally unfit to face trial, but he was sentenced to an indefinite period in a mental hospital. He spent thirteen years in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., refusing to disavow his beliefs. Even incarcerated, he continued to produce poetry, and even won the prestigious Bollingen Library of Congress Award for his 1949 volume The Pisan Cantos, composed while Pound was held prisoner by the U.S. Army. Finally, in 1958, Pound was released from the hospital and returned to Italy. Pound lived the remainder of his life quietly. Settling in Venice, Pound initially continued to work and write, but, in the early 1960s, he fell into a deep depression and an unbreakable silence. Young poets such as Allen Ginsberg visited him, but Pound would not speak. Near the end of his life, largely because of the tireless efforts of his publisher James Laughlin, Pound finally began to enjoy the honors that had been denied him for decades and also began earning enough money from his poetry to live on. He died in Venice
  • 14. HOMEWORK Read: Pound “In a Station of the Metro.” Post #17: 1. QHQ on “In a Station of the Metro” 2. A new critical reading of “In a Station of the Metro”

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