Charles Bernstein

George Oppen in conversation with Eric Homberger at the University of East Anglia, May 7, 1973

Thanks to Richard Swigg, PennSound is pleased to make available a recording of George Oppen reading poems and talking with Eric Homberger at the University of East Anglia, May 7, 1973. Swigg also provided us with this transcript.     

(20:38): mp3 

Master class (on-line) with Charles Bernstein at the Chicago School of Poeics on 10/19/13

photo ©Lawrence Schwartzwald; may not be used without permission

Study with poet Charles Bernstein in a master class workshop at the Chicago School of Poetics. This one-day online class offers an intimate environment within which to work with one of the key figures of contemporary poetry.

The class runs for 3 hours and will be held in our online, video-conferenced classroom, so you can attend from your own home, from anywhere in the world.

Gina Elia: A Closer Look at Yunte Huang's SHI

How Huang Engages with Pound and Fenellosa’s Theories of Chinese as a Poetic Language

This essay is by Gina Elia.

Within the first ten years of the twentieth century, American intellectual Ernest Fenollosa (1853-1908) had written an essay, later edited and published by Ezra Pound (1885-1972), that was called “The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry” (1920; 1936). This essay proved crucial to not only American Modernism—Pound used it to promote the Imagist movement in poetry—but also to the development of the perception of Chinese language and culture in the West. The essay propounded the idea that Chinese is primarily a pictographic language, a view that has persisted in the West to the present day. Furthermore, it posits that this pictographic quality plays a key role in the writing and interpretation of Chinese poetry. While generally dismissed as Orientalist by contemporary scholars of East Asia, UC-Santa Barbara professor Yunte Huang disagrees with this simplistic reading. On the one hand, he agrees that the Orientalism rampant in this essay cannot be ignored. On the other hand, he sees the essay as key in the ongoing, roundabout inventing of culture that occurs as texts cross cultural and linguistic borders, and thus as important to the trajectory of thought concerning the Chinese language in the West today.

Stephen Ross interviews Charles Bernstein for Wolf Magazine

Photo: copyright Lawrence Schwartzwald (No reproduction without express permission).

pdf of interview

also in the issue
"The Sixties with Apologies" from Recalculating 

Wolf 28 July issue table of contents