• Was Ezra Pound the “midwife” of The Waste Land? Surgeons, midwives, and “sage homme”

    Author(s):
    Aimee Armande Wilson (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    Ezra Pound, Metaphor
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    The Waste Land, midwife, surgeon
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/njvw-4d85
    Abstract:
    This essay reveals a flaw in the critical consensus that regards Ezra Pound as the intellectual “midwife” of The Waste Land, a metaphor used so frequently over the last century it has become a critical commonplace. By detailing the various ways that Pound’s use of reproductive language was drawn from a contemporaneous medical debate about midwifery – a hitherto unrecognized influence – this essay provides a fuller understanding of the rhetoric Pound used to discredit female writers and editors, while also highlighting the importance of feminist attention to the critical conversation itself.
    Notes:
    For citation purposes, please use the final published version of the essay, which can be found on the Feminist Modernist Studies web site (https://doi.org/10.1080/24692921.2019.1622173) or by emailing me at aawilson@ku.edu
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