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Debra Rae Cohen, Michael Coyle, and Jane Lewty

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033495

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033495.001.0001

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“What They Had Heard Said Written”

“What They Had Heard Said Written”

Joyce, Pound, and the Cross-Correspondence of Radio

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Broadcasting Modernism

Jane Lewty

University Press of Florida

Although not explicit or virulent, James Joyce's depiction of Ezra Pound in Finnegans Wake is comparable to Pound's own attack on Joyce's inaccessibility and his tendency to portray the seductive effect of words and their slippages. Despite Pound's claims that his talks on the radio must be “judged by their content” and not “the medium of diffusion” (Doob 261), his lashing critique of Joyce's sound-sense in 1934 betrays a more complex reaction to the ways in which technology may intercept the pure, untainted voice of poetry before it is emitted and therefore subject it to interpretation, much of which is erratic.

Keywords:   James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Finnegans Wake, wireless, poetry

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