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The Modernist Social Network

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More than a century ago...

More than a century ago, the poets Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle (H. D.), Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams developed important friendships with each other in Philadelphia, meeting frequently at Penn. The Modernist seminar series is particularly—but not exclusively—interested in cross-pollination and idea formation among these four poets. Every week, faculty from a variety of academic institutions come to talk about the four Modernists who made Philadelphia their home in the early part of the 20th century.

As our curated open source material becomes available, we will provide links from this page to free seminar materials.

We presently plan to run The Modernist Social Network seminar series again in early 2022. Please check back on this site in late 2021 for details on the venue, days, meeting times, and visiting guest speakers.