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18:00 - 19:30 12 December 2013

Transportation is Civilisation: Ezra Pound’s Poetics of Translation


Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre | Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Andrés Claro, Professor in the Doctorate of Philosophy (Aesthetics), Universidad de Chile, Andrés Claro (Chile, 1968) is an essayist and academic. He undertook his postgraduate studies in Philosophy and Literature at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), writing a thesis under the direction of J. Derrida, and at Oxford University, where he completed a D. Phil. with a thesis on ‘Ezra Pound’s Poetics of Translation’ under the direction of R. Bush. He divides his work between Paris and Santiago, combining writing, research and teaching. He has been visiting professor at The State University of New York. He teaches in the Doctorate in Philosophy (Aesthetics) at the Universidad de Chile.

Ezra Pound’s groundbreaking poetics of translation overlap with his best legacy as a writer, with consequent impact on Modernist and contemporary literature. In the understanding that there is no historic sustained translation performance without a conception of language and an idea of culture, beyond examining the creative versions Pound shaped from a variety of tongues (Provençal, Chinese, Latin, and others), this lecture articulates the conception of language that defines Pound’s differential approach to literary translation (‘plain meaning’ charged by musical, imagistic or contextual effects), as well as the cultural impact he devised from the task: the ways in which translation, through its very donation of poetic forms of meaning and representation, is able to modify language and culture (strengthening perception, expanding a world-view, reviving voices of the past which criticise and shape the present).


Dr Geraldine Brodie
+44 (0)20 7679 3117 | g.brodie@ucl.ac.uk


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