24th Ezra Pound International Conference

London, England

July 5-9, 2011

Ezra Pound and London


The 24th Ezra Pound International Conference will be held in London, the city where Pound spent the pivotal years of 1908 to 1920 and a place that figures prominently in his work. The site of the 2011 meeting, sponsored in collaboration with the Institute for English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, will be Senate House, Bloomsbury, London. A prestigious facility in an ideal location for Poundians, Senate House has excellent meeting rooms and an experienced, efficient staff. In addition to four days of papers and panels on Pound and others’ work, special events tentatively planned are for walking tours of Pound’s Kensington and Pound’s Bloomsbury, as well as visits to the Courtauld Gallery and the Tate. Additional plans include a reception in Fleet Street, a reading of contemporary poetry related to Pound, the conference banquet, and a two-day excursion after the meeting (10-11 July) to sites in Sussex and Kent, including possible visits to Stone Cottage, Henry James’s Lamb House, and the homes of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, Ford Madox Ford, and Virginia Woolf.

The committee invites proposals for papers on any aspect of Pound’s interaction with London, and/or the English cultural tradition in general. In Canto 80, thinking back on his years of living there, Pound writes,


and the Serpentine will look just the same

and the gulls be as neat on the pond

and the sunken gardens unchanged

and God knows what else is left of our London

        my London, your London


Possible considerations are Pound’s early associations, collaborations, and friendships in London; exiled and expatriate writers in London; Modernism before, during, and after the Great War; London in Pound’s poetry; Pound and British writers (past and contemporaneous); Pound and the British economy/economists; Pound’s departure and disaffection; literary London during World War II; London’s rejection of Pound; Pound’s influence on later British poetry and letters. Proposals may interpret the conference theme in specific or broad terms, relating to Pound’s work and life: poetry, prose, translations, textual analysis, biography, comparative studies, literary or political influence, and/or historical matters. Proposals from postgraduate and younger scholars are encouraged. The committee also welcomes proposed papers on other aspects of Pound.


If you are interested in giving a paper, send a short proposal (approximately 250 words) to the Secretary. Emailed proposals, as well as those sent by surface mail, are acceptable. Presentations should be limited to 20 minutes delivery time. To be sure to receive registration information and details about lodging and excursions, please also write to the Secretary:

Professor John Gery

24th Ezra Pound International Conference

Department of English

University of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA 70148-2315 USA







Massimo Bacigalupo, University of Genoa

Walter Baumann, University of Ulster

Helen Carr, University of London

Helen Dennis, University of Warwick

John Gery, University of New Orleans (Secretary)

Alan Golding, University of Louisville

David Moody, University of York

Richard Parker, University of Sussex

William Pratt, Miami University of Ohio

Caterina Ricciardi, University of Roma Tre