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Poetry and Poetics of the Modernist Everyday in Joyce, Woolf, and Pound

Par Christine Froula : Professor of English - Northwestern University
Publié par Marion Coste le 21/02/2020

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In this talk given at the ENS Lyon, Christine Froula (Northwestern University), author of ((Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde: War, Civilization, Modernity)) (2005), ((Modernism's Body: Sex Culture and Joyce)) (1996) and ((To Write Paradise: Style and Error in Pound's Cantos)) (1985), explores the interplay of inherited literary forms and conventions, contingent features of modernity and aesthetic imagination in the forging of the formally innovative modernist poetics of Joyce’s ((Ulysses)) (1922), Virginia Woolf’s ((The Waves)) (1931), and Ezra Pound’s ((The Pisan Cantos)) (1948).

This talk was part of the "Lectures in English Studies" programme of the Department of English at the ENS de Lyon and was organized by Vanessa Guignery.


Introduction 00:12
1. Henrik Ibsen: a revolutionary affirmation of the life force 01:35
  • Ibsen's model of inward heroism
  • Ibsen's "the epiphanic everyday"
  • A Doll's House (1879): Nora as a nascent subject in quest of truth and freedom
2. James Joyce: translating Ibsen's legacy into his own poetics of the everyday 28:39
  • Joyce's Epiphanies
  • From the epiphanic form to the novel
  • Ulysses: between idealist tyrannies and the poetics of the everyday
3. Virginia Woolf's post-Ibsen trajectory 53:58
  • The Voyage Out (1915): Rachel Vinrace as a post-Ibsen Nora
  • To The Lightouse (1927): representing a woman artist mastering the poetics of the everyday 
  • The Waves (1928): Nora's unimaginable future
4. Ezra Pound: human voices versus technology imposed by modernity 1:07:33
  • Echoes between The Pisan Cantos (1948), T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland (1922) and John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667)
Conclusion 1:16:31
Pour citer cette ressource :

Christine Froula, "Poetry and Poetics of the Modernist Everyday in Joyce, Woolf, and Pound", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), février 2020. Consulté le 21/05/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/litterature/litterature-americaine/poetry-and-poetics-of-the-modernist-everyday