New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2001. 325 pp.
«‘Ezra Pound’s (Post)Modern Poetics and Politics’ is a work that should be placed alongside Alec Marsh’s ‘Money and Modernity’.
Both works place Pound’s poetics, politics, and economics in the context of postmodern discourse. Several recent works have
claimed Pound for the postmodern, but Roxana Preda provides for the first time a careful and critical examination of the extent
to which Pound really is an avatar of the postmodern. Her discussion is comprehensive, balancing meta-postmodern, Derridean,
and Rortyan approaches. This tripartite commentary permits critical analysis while avoiding commitment to a single dominating
discourse-creating a sort of critical collage.» (Leon Surette, University of Western Ontario) «Roxana Preda’s book has
an unusual and far-reaching significance. She gives readers a picture of Ezra Pound in the context of postmodernity, at the
same time going beyond its current quarrels with the modern tradition. In relating Pound’s poetry to his translations and
journalism, she describes and evaluates the ideology of a poet who, in his poetic and economic writings, illuminated aspects
of history that are less known and often overlooked. In this book she outlines the role of this controversial poet within
a contemporary frame of reference.» (K. Ludwig Pfeiffer, University of Siegen)