Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies

Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies

by Betsy Erkkila
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195093496

ISBN-13: 9780195093490

Pub. Date: 02/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Breaking Bounds invigorates the study of Whitman and American culture by presenting essays that demonstrate Whitman's centrality to the widest range of social, political, literary, sexual, and cultural discourses of his time and ours. Bringing together a distinguished group of cultural critics working in the fields of literature, American studies, Latin American

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Breaking Bounds invigorates the study of Whitman and American culture by presenting essays that demonstrate Whitman's centrality to the widest range of social, political, literary, sexual, and cultural discourses of his time and ours. Bringing together a distinguished group of cultural critics working in the fields of literature, American studies, Latin American studies, European studies, art history, and gay/lesbian/queer studies, the volume persistently opens new vistas in the ways we see Whitman and provides a model for the newest and brightest intellectual efforts associated with "cultural studies." Central to the volume is a set of provocative essays in queer studies that break the bounds of decorum that have too long separated Whitman's sexuality from his politics, and his poetry from both. The Whitman that emerges from these collected essays is renewed for a new generation of literary scholars working to define the places and the functions of his poetic words in the world. Taken as a whole, the volume points to the interdisciplinary future of American literary and cultural studies. Breaking Bounds is essential reading for anyone interested in Whitman both inside and outside the academy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195093490
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile:
1560L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsxi
Introduction: Breaking Bounds1
Genealogies
1Confusion of Tongues23
2Whitman Drunk30
3Whitman and Problems of the Vernacular44
4Whitman, Syntax, and Political Theory62
America's Whitmans
5His America, Our America: Jose Marti Reads Whitman83
6"In Loftiest Spheres": Whitman's Visionary Feminism92
7Whitman's "Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand": Remarks on the Endlessly Repeated Rediscovery of the Incommensurability of the Person112
8Errata sobre la erotica, or, the Elision of Whitman's Body123
Whitman's Americas
9Homosexuality and Utopian Discourse in American Poetry135
10America on Canvas, America in Manuscript: Imaging the Democracy147
11Whitman's Lesson of the City163
12Making Capital: War, Labor, and Whitman in Washington, D.C.174
Legacies
13Whitman's Calamus Photographs193
14"When the World Strips Down and Rouges Up": Redressing Whitman220
15"For America--For All the Earth": Walt Whitman as an International(ist) Poet238
Epilogue: Whitman's Centennial and the State of Whitman Studies251
Bibliography265
Contributors277
Index280

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