Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos

DemetresBA, MA, PhD (Western Ontario),  A/Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Teaching, Research, and Graduate Supervision: I teach and research in twentieth-century American Literature with a focus on difficult modernist texts (especially long poems), often approaching them through the lenses of poetics, translation theory and practice, prosody and rhetoric, and editorial theory and textual criticism. My research interests have taken me to such archives, among others, as the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale U.; the New York Public Library; the Lilly Library, U. of Indiana at Bloomington; the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, U. of Texas at Austin; the British Library, London, UK; and several manuscript libraries in Italy and Greece. My graduate students have been trained in various aspects of modernist research, have visited archives (with SSHRC support), and have published their work in books and journals; they have also had the opportunity to attend international conferences like the Modernist Studies Association (MSA) and the American Literature Association (ALA). Over the past twenty-five years, I myself have attended approximately one hundred conferences in the U.S., Canada, England, France, Italy, and Greece.

My current projects include (i) The Correspondence of H.L. Mencken and Ezra Pound (forthcoming from Oxford UP, 2013); (ii) Approaches to Teaching Ezra Pound’s Poetry and Prose (co-edited with Ira B. Nadel; forthcoming from PMLA, 2014); (iii) The Inmate at St Elizabeths: The Correspondence of Ezra Pound and Archibald MacLeish; (iv) Ezra Pound’s Radical Politics in the Later Cantos; (v) The Sound of Poetry: The Poetry of Sound--Free Verse and After; (vi) The Modernist Greek Long Poem: George Seferis, Nikos Gatsos and Odysseas Elytis; (vii) a book on Constantine Cavafy’s language(s); (viii) a translation of Andreas Empeirikos’ surrealist collection Υψικάμινος (Blast Furnace; under consideration by New Directions); (ix) an annotated translation of Odysseas Elytis’ long poem Αξιον Εστι (Worthy It Is); (x) a translation of Iakovos Kambanellis’ play The Courtyard of Miracles (commissioned by the Theater group at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey); (xi) A Festschrift in Honor of Burton Hatlen (forthcoming from NPF, 2013); (xii) a scholarly edition of H.D’s Hirslanden Notebooks (forthcoming from ELS Editions, 2013); (xiii) H.D.’s Later Poetry: Trilogy; Vale Ave; Helen in Troy; and Hermetic Definition: An Annotated Edition (at proposal stage); a translation of Andreas Empeirikos’ Ενδοχωρα (Inland).

Publications: My essays on Ezra Pound and other modernists have appeared in North American and European journals. I have contributed to many collections of essays published in the U.S., Italy, France and Greece, including Dante e Pound (Longo Editore, 1998), Ezra Pound e l’economia (Edizioni Ares, 2001), Ezra Pound in Context (Cambridge UP, 2010), and The Cambridge Companion to H.D. (Cambridge UP, 2012); I am the author of The Celestial Tradition: A Study of Ezra Pound's "The Cantos" (WLUP, 1992), translated into Italian under the title Pound e l'occulto: le radici esoteriche dei Cantos (Roma: Mediterranee, 1998); and I have edited or co-edited a number of books, including Fiddlehead Gold: Fifty  Years of the Fiddlehead Magazine (Goose Lane Editions, 1995); Literary Modernism and the Occult Tradition (NPF, 1996); "I Cease Not to Yowl": Pound's Letters to Olivia Rossetti  Agresti (U. of Illinois P, 1998); William Carlos Williams and the Language of Poetry (NPF, 2002); and The Ezra Pound  Encyclopedia (Greenwood P, 2005). The year 2009 saw the publication of H.D. (writing as Delia Alton), Majic Ring, ed. Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos (Gainesville: UP of Florida); a Greek translation of L’America, Roosevelt e le cause della guerra presente (preface and editorial supervision by Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos; trans. and introd., Ioannis Kotoulas [Athens: Periplous]); and a Japanese edition of The Ezra Pound Encyclopedia, trans. Takaomi Eda (Tokyo: Yushodo Publishers). Finally, the first of two volumes on H.D.’s late prose was published in 2012: Magic Mirror, Compassionate Friendship, Thorn Thicket: An Annotated Scholarly Edition. Ed. Nephie J. Christodoulides. “Preface” by Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Matte Robinson. Editorial care by Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos (ELS Editions).

Other Professional Activities: For the past several years I have served as Book Review and/or Associate Editor, Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. I am currently on the Editorial Collective of this journal and the editor of its Documentary section. As Secretary of the Ezra Pound Society of North America, I am responsible for arranging on an annual basis two sessions at each of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Congress and the ALA. Over the past five years alone, I have evaluated approximately ten tenure and/or promotion applications at Canadian, U.S. and New Zealand universities. I continue to evaluate research papers--submitted to journals such as Paideuma and Twentieth-Century Literature--and book manuscripts. I also continue to evaluate research proposals for SSHRC and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Administrative Experience: Since 1999, I have served as Associate or Assistant Dean, School of Graduate Studies, UNB. In this capacity, I have chaired and/or participated in--among many others--various university committees, have stood in for the Dean in such committees as the Deans’ Council, and have run UNB’s SSHRC (1999-present), CIHR (2007-present) and Vanier Awards competitions at UNB. As well, a decade or so ago (2001-06), I was instrumental in the creation and the running of the UNB’s Interdisciplinary Programme at the graduate level. In 2010, I was a member of the administrative bargaining team that negotiated the university’s first agreement with the Union of UNB Graduate Student Workers (PSAC, Local 60550); again this year, I am member of the same committee that is about to enter negotiations for a second agreement. I have also chaired the UNB’s Scholarship committee and served on the university’s Senate and Board of Governors (with a one-year term on the Board’s Executive Committee). In the past, I have been a member of numerous other committees, including the UNB Library, Harassment, International Advisory, and Senate Student Standing & Promotions committees. Last but not least, I have served on many hiring committees at the departmental, Faculty of Arts, and School of Graduate Studies, and university-wide levels.

Other: From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, I served first as Assistant Coach, UNB men’s soccer team and later, for four years, as Head Coach, UNB women’s soccer team. And for the past forty years I have played and coached soccer at all levels and held soccer administrative positions and done committee work at the provincial and national levels; for instance, between 2005 and 2007 I served on the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) Harassment Committee and, before that, on the CSA Technical Committee (2003-05).

Current member of the Graduate Academic Unit.

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Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos

Office: Carleton Hall 317
Phone: (506) 458-7410