The Timeline

The Spreadsheet

This is an ongoing project and I hope for a full methodology and justification of it at some point.  The Timeline is one of several tools from a suite created by MIT’s SIMILE Project.  The Timeline populates data I’ve entered into a spreadsheet that you can view here.  Please contact me if you’re interested in contributing to this spreadsheet; since it’s a Google Doc, I can freely share access.  I am especially interested in hearing from textual scholars as I see the project expanding toward composition history and the social, economic, and political pragmatics within which Pound composed The Cantos over the course of over fifty years.

I used the 1996 fourth printing of The Cantos as my primary text.  As the Table of Contents indicates, the text is organized according to the most prominent publication groupings in which The Cantos appeared.  While this organization is certainly logical, performing research into the social, economic, artistic, and political climates in which each canto was written could provide significant insight into the elements that contributed to the composition of Pound’s masterwork.

 

This project would not have been in any way possible without Carroll F. Terrell’s, A Companion to The Cantos of Ezra Pound.  Using Terrell’s notations, I listed all the source texts and authors that Pound drew on in each canto.  I also relied on Terrell for much of the composition scholarship having to do with each canto (and I have only scratched the surface of the work he references in that area).  There were several instances in which Terrell’s Companion differed from the edition of The Cantos I used (e.g. the cantos that appeared, untranslated, in Italian but were not annotated in the Companion).  Perhaps most importantly, however, I relied on Terrell’s nuanced explanation of Pound idiosyncratic translations from the different languages he integrates into The Cantos.  Terrell’s explanations of Pound’s understanding of Chinese and Provencal, for instance, were invaluable in a way that direct reference to dictionaries would not have been.  All in all, Terrell’s Companion was indispensable.

As I mentioned above, at this point, I am highly interested in gearing this project toward delineating the composition history of The Cantos.  Below I have embedded a Google Doc of a bibliography of the textual scholarship I have consulted in my attempt to trace the composition history of each canto.  So far, this has been difficult going and so please email me at kent.emerson@gmail.com with any suggestions for work that would help.

This project was created as part of Dr. Jeffrey Drouin’s Digital Humanities and Modernism class in The University of Tulsa’s Graduate English program.  Because this is my first digital humanities project and because I had to use html programming language for the first time, I would not have been able to complete the project without Dr. Drouin’s help.

Textual Scholarship Bibliography (suggestions welcome):

2 comments
  1. Roxana Preda said:

    The spreadsheet looks impressive – I could not see the actual timeline, though. I’d be very interested to know more.
    Will you get in touch?

    • I’d be happy to be in touch. I am currently working on some other Pound related projects related to the spreadsheet and timeline so please let me know if you’re interested. The timeline is a little tricky to view depending on the browser you use.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Text and Medium: Intro to Digital Humanities

ENGL 2393, The University of Tulsa

Posts on the Penman

An Iowa Joycean's Musings on the Hilarious, Irreverent Irish Genius

rasmuskleisnielsen.net

an online business card, entry point, and space for musings

The Digital HuMannist

English PhD student wields laptop, wants to talk about it.

Social Media Collective

Hosted for Microsoft by Wordpress. © 2011-2016 Microsoft

Ragman's Circles

Talking about what the matter was

Modernist Fragmentation and After

International Postgraduate Conference, Princeton University, September 29-30 2016

This and That Continued

Jenny Diski - Writing and stuff.

Parrots Ate Them All

A blog about Stevie Smith and the art of the aphorism.

New Readia

WordPress site of Nicholas M Kelly, PhD, Lecturer in Rhetoric at the University of Iowa, literature, media, and digital culture scholar

Stewart Varner

scholarship, libraries, technology

Media Theory of/for the present

graduate seminar, UC Santa Barbara (Winter 2016)

Woodbine

An experimental hub in Ridgewood, Queens for developing the skills, practices, and tools for building autonomy in the Anthropocene.

The Zero-Waste Chef

No packaging. Nothing processed. No waste.

The Concept Lab

A three year research project at the University of Cambridge

Manicule

☛ Thoughts on the Eighteenth Century, Daniel Defoe, and Digital Humanities

ESTS

The European Society for Textual Scholarship

%d bloggers like this: