6/24/2014 0 Comments
My article "John Berryman at Midcentury: Annotating Ezra Pound and Teaching Modernism" has been published in Modernism/Modernity and is available on Project Muse. It begins with Berryman's annotations in his personal copies of Pound's poetry while preparing an edition of Pound's Selected Poems in order to examine the ways that his approach to teaching modernism in Humanities courses at the University of Minnesota from mid-fifties through the mid-sixties was Poundian in its comprehensiveness. This article is part of a longer chapter in my book, Annotating Modernism: Marginalia and Pedagogy from Virginia Woolf to the Confessional Poets (Ashgate, 2015), and it is the first treatment of Berryman's annotating strategies alongside his teaching materials. This article considers books in Berryman's personal library and his teaching notes at Minnesota as well as the Classicist Van Meter Ames's transcriptions of Berryman's modern poetry lectures at the University of Cincinnati in 1952, which are part of John Haffenden's Papers at Columbia University.
The image to the left is of Berryman's Pound books from his library at Minnesota. I discuss these volumes in greater detail in Annotating Modernism.