1958 – Fang, Achilles. “Materials for the Study of Pound’s Cantos.” 4 vols. Diss., Harvard U. 

1959 – Halperen, Max. “A Structural Reading of The Cantos.” Diss., Florida State U. UMI.

1961 – Davenport Guy. “A Reading of I-XXX of the Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., Harvard U.

1963 – Heffernan, T. C. “City of Universals: Siena in The Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., U of Manchester.

1973 – Murray David J. “The Treatment of History, Politics and Economics in The Cantos of Ezra Pound and the Maximus Poems of Charles Olson.” Diss., King’s College, London.

1977 – Freudenheim, R. J. “Ezra Pound: Canto 85.” Diss., U of California, Berkeley, 1977. DAI-A 39/02.

1981 – Crisp, P. G. “Time Past and Present, and Its Transcendence in The Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., U of Reading.

1983 – Sawyer, Richard. “The Great Periplus: A Study of the Structure of Ezra Pound’s Cantos.” Diss., U of Toronto.

1985 – Beebe, Alice Deming. “Canto 91 by Ezra Pound: So Hath Sibile A Boken Isette.” Diss., Columbia U. DAI-A 46/01.

1986 – Baker, Edward Harbage. “‘Timing the Thunder’: Ezra Pound’s Poetic Historiography.” Diss., U of Michigan, 1986. DAI 47.4 (Oct. 1986): 1329A-1330A. Abstract.

1986 – Clark, Hilary Anne. “The Idea of a Fictional Encyclopaedia: ‘Finnegans Wake,’ ‘Paradis,’ ‘The Cantos.’” Diss., U of British Columbia, 1985. DAI 47.4 (Oct. 1986): p1313A. Abstract.

1986 – Clark, Kevin John. “American Catharsis: The Long Evolution and Practice of the Contemporary Long Poem.” Diss., U of California-Davis, 1986. DA XLVII-37. Abstract.

1986 – Coyle, Michael Gordon.  “‘The poetry breaks off’: Generic combination in The Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., U of Virginia, 1986. DAI 49 (1986): 253A. Abstract.

1986 – Kelly, Alan Lawrence, Jr.  “Confucianism and the Meaning of The Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., Indiana U, 1986. DAI 47.11 (May 1987): 4084A.  Abstract.

1986 – Rainey, Lawrence Scott. “The Earliest Manuscripts of the Malatesta Cantos by Ezra Pound.” Diss., U of Chicago, 1986.

1986 – Reid, Richard G. “‘Discontinuous Gods’: Ezra Pound and the Epic of Translation.” Diss., Princeton U, 1986, Robert Fagles and A. Walton Litz. DAI 47.3 (Sept. 1986): 894A. Abstract.

1986 – Wacker, Norman John. “Constructive Traditions: The Cantos of Ezra Pound.”  Diss., Washington, 1986. DAI 47.12 (June 1987): 4392A. Abstract.

1987 – Lee, Il-Hwan. “The Drama of Desire: The Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., Seoul National U, Korea.

1987 – Cody, Thomas Robert.  “The Cantos of Ezra Pound: The Politics of Modernist Poetry.” Diss., U of California, Irvine, 1987. DAI 48.3 (Sept. 1987): 647A.

1987 – Warner, Michael Lee. “Cantomorphosis: Multilingualism in The Cantos of Ezra Pound.”  Diss., U of Tulsa, 1986. DAI 47.6 (Dec. 1986): 2155A. Abstract.

1988 – Bell, Terence Antony. “The Hero Polumetis: A New Interpretation of The Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., U of Oxford, 1988.

1988 – Leland, Blake Thomas. “Heroic Economies: Ezra Pound, James Joyce and the Modernist Epic Between the Wars.” Diss., Cornell U, 1988. DAI 50.3 (Sept. 1989): 685A.

1988 – Olson, Peter David. “Seizing ‘Hagoromo:’ Ezra Pound’s Imaged Drama and ‘The Cantos.’” Diss., U of Michigan, 1988. DAI 49.8 (Feb. 1989): 2211A-2212A.  Abstract.

1988 – Thomas, David Lee. “Loss, Mourning and Vatic Dispersal of Self in the Long Poems of Whitman, Eliot, Pound, Berryman and Lowell.” Diss., U of California, Riverside, 1988. DAI 49.10 (Apr. 1989): 3028A.

1988 – Tryphonopoulos, Demetres P. “‘To enter arcanum’: Gnosticism in Ezra Pound’s Cantos.” Diss., U of Western Ontario.  DAI 49.5 (Nov. 1988): 1155A. Free online.

1989 – Lynch, Robert Lee, Jr. “Rereading America: The American Historical Epos of Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams.”  Diss., Indiana U, 1989. DAI 51.4 (Oct. 1990): 1230A. Abstract.

1989 – Phelps, Mary Ella. “Ezra Pound and Music: The Convergence of Music and Poetry in The Pisan Cantos.” Diss., Texas A&M U, 1989.  DAI 51.4 (Oct. 1990): 1225A.

1990 – Hilmy, H. “Dionysus in The Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., U of Essex.

1991 – Bennett, Peter. “The Thematic Centrality of ‘America’ in the First Fifty One of The Cantos of Ezra Pound: an Exposition of the Poem’s Unity and Purpose from the Evidence on the Page.” Diss., U of Essex.

1991 – Quamme, Margaret Atkins. “The Interaction of Lyric and Narrative in the Long Modern American Poem.” Diss., Brown U. DAI 51.11 (May 1991): 3746A.

Sousa, Irene Ferreira de. “Pound’s ‘sumbainai’: Coherence and incoherence in ‘The Cantos.’” Diss., Tulane U, 1991. Abstract

1991 – Wellen, Paul Anthony. “Ezra Pound’s Use of Chinese Characters in Relation to His Ideas on Aesthetics, Politics, and Religion.”  Diss., U of Virginia, 1991. DAI 54.5 (Nov. 1993): 1798A. Abstract.

1992 – Kim, Yoon-Sik. “Gorilla Language: Pound’s Pictographing Technique in The Pisan Cantos.” Diss., Oklahoma State U, 1991. DAI 53.5 (Nov. 1992): 1518A. Free online.

1992 – Krishnan, Rajiv C. “Self and Form in the Early Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., U of Cambridge.

1992 – Selby, Nicholas.  “Poetics of loss in The Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., U of York, 1992. Abstract in Index to Theses Accepted for Higher Degrees by the Universities of Great Britain and Ireland (42:3) 1993, 957.

1993 – Clarvoe, Jennifer S. “Rhythm and Certainty: The Problem of the Modern American Long Poem.” Diss., U of California, Berkeley, 1993. DAI 54.10 (Apr. 1994): 3747A. Abstract.

1993 – Gill, Julian. “What need of many words?: Writing and Self-Representation in Wordsworth’s ‘The Prelude’ and Pound’s ‘Cantos.’” Diss., U of Sussex, 1993.  Abstract.

1993 – Shen, Fan A. “Ezra Pound’s Ideogrammic Poetics.” Diss., Marquette U, 1992. DAI 54.5 (Nov. 1993): 1806A. Abstract.

1993 – Tayler, Anne Hamilton. “Viva voce: the Oral and Rhetorical Power of Quotation in The Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., U of British Columbia, 1991. DAI 53.12 (June 1993): 4223A-24A.  Free onlineAlso here.

1997 – Marsden, Stephen. “Barred lights, great flares, new form: A Study of A Draft of XXX Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., U of Manchester.

1998 – Deissner, Kai-Ulrich. “Ezra Pound’s Later Cantos and His Early Work: Modes of Time and the Example.” Diss. U of Cambridge.

1999 – Carroll, Zoe. “Content as Technique: Ezra Pound and the Problem of Encyclopaedic Form.” Diss., U of Oxford.

1999 – Cockram, Patricia A. “Ezra Pound’s Italian Cantos: Collapse and Recall.” Diss., City U of New York, 1999 [“This is a two-part dissertation: an electronic, multi-media CD-ROM edition of Pound’s Italian cantos; and a paper which serves as a textual companion and explores my theoretical approach to this materia”]. AAT 9924801.  Abstract.

2001 – Byron, Mark Stephen. “Exilic Modernism and Textual Ontogeny: Ezra Pound’s Pisan Cantos and Samuel Beckett’s Watt.” Diss., U of Cambridge.

2001 – Richardson, Scott. “Taking the Repeats: Modern American Poetry in Imitation of Eighteenth-Century Musical Forms.”  Diss., U of Ottawa, 2001 [ II: the fugue, 124-198 (In search of fugue in the Cantos: Ezra Pound’s musical critics, 172-174; Pound’s forced return to the subject in the Pisan Cantos, 175-184)]. Free online.

2002 – Ten Eyck, David.  “The Development and Composition of Ezra Pound’s Adams Cantos.” Diss., U of Oxford.

2003 – Wilson, Stephen. “Reading and Writing History: A Study of Ezra Pound’s American History Cantos.” Diss., U of Dublin, Trinity College.

2004 – Pereppadan, Sophy. “‘Let Him Celebrate Christ in the Grain’: Eucharistic Aesthetics in the Pisan Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss. English and Foreign Languages U, Hyderabad.

2005 – Menzies-Pike, Catriona Jane. “The Composition of the Modernist Book: Ulysses, A Draft of XXX Cantos and The Making of Americans.” Diss., U of Sydney. [Chapter Four: A Draft of XXX Cantos (1930)]. Free online.

2007 – Nelson, Thomas John. “‘A’ is for ‘Archive’: A Case Study in the American Long Poem.” Diss., The U of Texas at Austin. [1. Poems Containing History – The Long Poem as Archive 18-54.] Free online.

2009 – Barnes, David.  “‘Urbs/passion/politics’: Venice in Selected Works of Ruskin and Pound.” Diss., Queen Mary, U of London. [5. Venice in The Cantos: Tourism & Fascism 164-220]. Free online.

2009 – Lin, Baomei.  “Crossing the Divide between East and West, Ancient and Modern: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Chinese Characters in Ezra Pound’s ‘The Cantos.’”  Diss., The U of Texas at Dallas. Abstract.

2009 – Welch, Michael Laines. “Mythic Pound: An Examination of the Central Place of Myth and Ritual in the Poetry of Ezra Pound.” Diss., Claremont Graduate U. Abstract.

2015 – Mohandas, C. B. “The Poetry of the Process: a Study of The Cantos of Ezra Pound.”  Diss. U of Calicut. Free online

2015 – Radway, John North.  "The Fate of Epic in Twentieth-Century American Poetry."  Diss. Harvard U, 2015 [1. How Epic Lost Its Ethos: Pound, Browning, and the Columbiad, 10-40]. Free online.

2016 – Phillis, Jen Hedler. “Lyric Histories: On the Appearance of Time in Twentieth-Century Poetry.” Diss., U of Illinois at Chicago. [We Are All Pound Now: The Cantos and the Shape of the Economy, 16-52]. Free online.

2016 – Seguy, Robin. “Prolegomena to the Automated Analysis of a Bilingual Poetry Corpus, with Particular Reference to an Annotated Edition of The Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Diss., U of Pennsylvania. ProQuest AAI10246520. Abstract.

2016 – Emerson, Kent. “Database Modernism: Literary Information Media.” Diss., U of Tulsa. [on James Joyce’s Ulysses, H.D.’s Palimpsest, and Ezra Pound’s A Draft of XXX Cantos].

2019 – Gerard, Philip. “A Translation including History: Ezra Pound, Paul Celan, and the Rhythms of the Past.”  Diss., U of California Berkeley.

2019 – Su, Kent [Su Yi-Kuan].  “Chinese landscapes in Ezra Pound’s Cantos.”  Diss., University College London, 2019.  Abstract and here.


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