An Analysis of Cultural Memory and Gender Role Subversion in the Semiotics and Symbolism of Ezra Pound’s “Portrait d’une Femme”

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An Analysis of Cultural Memory and Gender Role Subversion in the Semiotics and Symbolism of Ezra Pound’s “Portrait d'une Femme”
This literary study will analyze the psychological ramifications of the semiotic and symbolic meaning of gender and cultural memory in Pound’s poem about a young man and a woman. The primary thesis of gender reversal in the poem is through the semiotics of artistic material and vanity defined by the young man about the women he is discussing. In the poem, the context of the woman’s abstracted artistic world reveals the semiotic signals, which define Pound’s own psychologically symbolic value in the emptiness of modern life found in the poem. Pound fluidly uses signs and signals to define a modernist thesis of...
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.....not exactly a victim of her prestige and power, Pound is symbolically signaling the recurring theme of the emptiness of modern life. With such a loveless and seemingly distant romanticism about the narrator’s interpretation of the woman, the subversion of gender roles implies that he beneath the woman at the cultural level, yet she is vain and empty at the interpersonal level. In these instances, Pound implies a strong thesis on the materialism and emptiness of modern life through the interrelations and amalgamations of stereotypical gender roles that arise in the poem. 
Works Cited
Beardsworth, Sara. Julia Kristeva: Psychoanalysis and Modernity. New York: SUNY Press, 2004. 
Pound, Ezra. “Portrait d'une Femme.” 2008. Web Books. 20 May 2009