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The Poetics of Impersonality

T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound

Maud Ellmann

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In this classic work, Maud Ellmann examines T. S. Eliot’s and Ezra Pound’s criticism in terms of what she calls the ‘poetics of impersonality’. She convincingly shows that Eliot’s and Pound’s attempts to overcome personality merely reinstated it in a new guise. And her superb and entirely original readings of the major poems of the modernist canon have earned a lasting place in criticism.

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About the Author

Maud Ellmann is Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English at the University of Chicago. Her books include The Poetics of Impersonality: T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, The Hunger Artists: Starving, Writing, and Imprisonment, and Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism. She has also published widely on modern literature and literary theory, feminism, and deconstruction.

Reviews

Maud Ellmann's book is vivid and original. The author is very intelligent and has done her reading with resourcefulness and penetration.
- Frank Kermode

The local analyses, the verbal felicities, the luminous details of Maud Ellmann's book are striking and inventive. The great strength of the book, as I see it, lies in the productive convergence of post-structuralist theory and a scrupulous historical sense... (The reading of the poems) is original, supple, and provoking.

- Michael Levenson, Professor of English, University of Virginia

The local analyses, the verbal felicities, the luminous details of Maud Ellmann's book are striking and inventive. The great strength of the book, as I see it, lies in the productive convergence of post-structuralist theory and a scrupulous historical sense... (The reading of the poems) is original, supple, and provoking.

- Michael Levenson, Professor of English, University of Virginia