William Hugh Kenner (January 7, 1923 – November 24, 2003) was a Canadian literary scholar, critic and professor. Kenner was born in Peterborough, Ontario, on January 7, 1923. His father Dr. H.R.H. Kenner taught classics and his mother Mary (Williams) Kenner taught French and German at Peterborough Collegiate Institute. Kenner attributed his interest in literature to his poor hearing, caused by a bout of influenza during his childhood.

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  • William Hugh Kenner (January 7, 1923 – November 24, 2003) was a Canadian literary scholar, critic and professor. Kenner was born in Peterborough, Ontario, on January 7, 1923. His father Dr. H.R.H. Kenner taught classics and his mother Mary (Williams) Kenner taught French and German at Peterborough Collegiate Institute. Kenner attributed his interest in literature to his poor hearing, caused by a bout of influenza during his childhood. Attending the University of Toronto, Kenner studied under Marshall McLuhan, who wrote the introduction to Kenner's first book Paradox in Chesterton, about G. K. Chesterton's works. Kenner's second book, The Poetry of Ezra Pound (1951) was dedicated to McLuhan, who had introduced Kenner to Pound on June 4, 1948, during Pound's incarceration at St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, D.C., where Kenner and McLuhan had driven as a detour from their trip from Toronto to New Haven, Connecticut. (Pound, who became a friend of Kenner's, had suggested the book be titled The Rose in the Steel Dust.) Later, Kenner said of McLuhan, "I had the advantage of being exposed to Marshall when he was at his most creative, and then of getting to the far end of the continent shortly afterward, when he couldn't get me on the phone all the time. He could be awfully controlling." Later, when McLuhan wrote that the development of cartography during the Renaissance created a geographical sense that had never previously existed, Kenner sent him a postcard reading in full: "Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres, Yours, Hugh." In 1950, Kenner earned a Ph.D. from Yale University, with a dissertation on James Joyce, James Joyce: Critique in Progress, for Cleanth Brooks. This work, which won the John Addison Porter Prize at Yale, became Dublin's Joyce in 1956. His first teaching post was at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1951 to 1973); he then taught at Johns Hopkins University (from 1973 to 1990) and the University of Georgia (from 1990 to 1999). Kenner played an influential role in raising Ezra Pound's profile among critics and other readers of poetry. The publication of The Poetry of Ezra Pound in 1951 "was the beginning, and the catalyst, for a change in attitude toward Pound on the American literary and educational scenes." The Pound Era, the product of years of scholarship and considered by many to be Kenner's masterpiece, was published in 1971. This work was responsible for enshrining Pound's reputation (damaged by his wartime activities) as one of the greatest Modernists. Though best known for his work on modernist literature, Kenner's range of interests was wide. His books include an appreciation of Chuck Jones, an introduction to geodesic math, and a user's guide for the Heathkit H100/Zenith Z-100 computer; in his later years he was a columnist for both Art & Antiques and Byte magazine. Kenner was a friend of William F. Buckley, Jr., to whom Kenner introduced word processing, and a contributor to National Review. Kenner was married twice: his first wife, Mary Waite, died in 1964; the couple had three daughters and two sons. His second wife, whom he married in 1965, was Mary-Anne Bittner; they had a son and a daughter. Hugh Kenner died at his home in Athens, Georgia on November 24, 2003. (en)
  • Hugh Kenner, né à Peterborough, dans l'Ontario, au Canada le 7 janvier 1923, est un professeur et critique littéraire canadien. (fr)
  • William Hugh Kenner (7 de enero de 1923 – 24 de noviembre de 2003), fue un crítico literario y profesor canadiense. Kenner nació en Peterborough, Ontario; su padre era profesor de lenguas clásicas. Kenner atribuyó su interés por la literatura a su pobre oído, que perdió en gran parte por un ataque de gripe durante su infancia. Asistió a la Universidad de Toronto, donde estudió con Marshall McLuhan, quien escribió la introducción al primer libro de Kenner: Paradox in Chesterton, sobre las obras de G. K. Chesterton. Kenner le dedicó su siguiente libro a McLuhan: The Poetry of Ezra Pound (1951). En 1950, Kenner obtuvo su doctorado en la Universidad de Yale, con un trabajo sobre James Joyce: James Joyce: Critique in Progress. Este trabajo se transformaría en su libro Dublin's Joyce, en 1956. Su primer empleo docente se desarrolló en la Universidad de California, Santa Barbara (1951 a 1973); luego trabajó en la Johns Hopkins University (1973 a 1990) y finalmente en la Universidad de Georgia (1990 a 1999). Kenner desempeñó un papel decisivo en la revalorización de la figura de Ezra Pound en su país. Su libro The Poetry of Ezra Pound, de 1951, fue «el comienzo y el catalizador de un cambio de actitud hacia Pound en la Norteamérica literaria y la escena educativa». En cuanto a The Pound Era (1971), supuso la consagración definitiva del poeta como uno de los más grandes modernistas. Menos conocidas son sus publicaciones sobre el caricaturista Chuck Jones, y sobre ciencia y computación, como Geodesic Math and How to Use It (1976). Kenner se casó dos veces. Su primera mujer, Mary Waite, murió en 1964; tuvieron cinco hijos. Su segunda mujer, con la que se casó en 1965, fue Mary-Anne Bittner; tuvieron dos hijos. Hugh Kenner murió en su casa de Athens, Georgia, el 24 de noviembre de 2003. (es)
  • Хью Ке́ннер (англ. William Hugh Kenner, 7 января 1923, Питерборо, Онтарио — 24 ноября 2003, Атенс, Джорджия) — канадский и американский историк литературы, литературный критик, преподаватель, один их наиболее авторитетных специалистов по модернизму. (ru)
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  • Hugh Kenner, né à Peterborough, dans l'Ontario, au Canada le 7 janvier 1923, est un professeur et critique littéraire canadien. (fr)
  • Хью Ке́ннер (англ. William Hugh Kenner, 7 января 1923, Питерборо, Онтарио — 24 ноября 2003, Атенс, Джорджия) — канадский и американский историк литературы, литературный критик, преподаватель, один их наиболее авторитетных специалистов по модернизму. (ru)
  • William Hugh Kenner (January 7, 1923 – November 24, 2003) was a Canadian literary scholar, critic and professor. Kenner was born in Peterborough, Ontario, on January 7, 1923. His father Dr. H.R.H. Kenner taught classics and his mother Mary (Williams) Kenner taught French and German at Peterborough Collegiate Institute. Kenner attributed his interest in literature to his poor hearing, caused by a bout of influenza during his childhood. (en)
  • William Hugh Kenner (7 de enero de 1923 – 24 de noviembre de 2003), fue un crítico literario y profesor canadiense. Kenner nació en Peterborough, Ontario; su padre era profesor de lenguas clásicas. Kenner atribuyó su interés por la literatura a su pobre oído, que perdió en gran parte por un ataque de gripe durante su infancia. Asistió a la Universidad de Toronto, donde estudió con Marshall McLuhan, quien escribió la introducción al primer libro de Kenner: Paradox in Chesterton, sobre las obras de G. K. Chesterton. Kenner le dedicó su siguiente libro a McLuhan: The Poetry of Ezra Pound (1951). (es)
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