Eloquent Barbarians: Poetry, Translation, and the American Avant-garde Open Access

Horacek, Josef (2014)

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This dissertation contributes to recent debates about the interventionist potential of literary translation by tracing out a genealogy of modernist poetry translations extending from the beginning of the twentieth century into the present. I argue that the translation projects discussed in this study, from Ezra Pound's Propertius to Celia and Louis Zukofskys' Catullus and Jerome Rothenberg's Navajo and Seneca oral poetries, seek to renegotiate the function of translation and the tenuous distinction between translation and other forms of writing. The translators in this study adopt avant-garde experiments with collage, sound poetry, and concrete poetry to develop a variety of decidedly non-normative approaches to translation. As a result of these approaches, the translations become reflexive, allowing the reader to glimpse and interrogate the inner workings of the translation process.

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Introduction........................................................................................................................ 1

Chapter 1. In The Vortex: Ezra Pound's Propertius........................................................ 17

Chapter 2. Pedantry And Play: The Zukofsky Catullus................................................. 51

Chapter 3. Total Performance: Jerome Rothenberg's Ethnopoetic Translations............. 96

Conclusion...................................................................................................................... 132

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