A Companion to Walt Whitman / Edition 1

A Companion to Walt Whitman / Edition 1

by Donald D. Kummings
     
 

Comprising 35 original essays written by leading scholars, this Companion constitutes an exceptionally broad-ranging and in-depth guide to one of America’s greatest poets. The volume makes the best and most up-to-date scholarly thinking on Walt Whitman available to students. It encourages them to be more aware of the contexts of Whitman’s work,

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Comprising 35 original essays written by leading scholars, this Companion constitutes an exceptionally broad-ranging and in-depth guide to one of America’s greatest poets. The volume makes the best and most up-to-date scholarly thinking on Walt Whitman available to students. It encourages them to be more aware of the contexts of Whitman’s work, and helps them to understand the experimental nature of his writings.

The Companion starts with a section which communicates a strong sense of the poet’s time, place and history. The contributions in this section range over subjects such as national identity, imperialism, slavery, race, gender, sexuality, and popular culture. A further selection of essays situates Whitman’s work in its literary context. Finally, there are essays devoted to specific works, covering both Whitman’s poetry and prose writings. The Companion also includes a compact biography of the poet and a bibliography of his works.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405195515
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series, #123
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

List of Illustrations xiv

Abbreviations of Standard Whitman Works xvi

Introduction 1
Donald D. Kummings

Part I: The Life 9

1 Whitman's Life and Work, 1819–92 11
Gregory Eiselein

Part II: The Cultural Context 27

2 Journalism 29
Douglas A. Noverr

3 The City 42
William Pannapacker

4 Labor and Laborers 60
M. Wynn Thomas

5 Politics 76
Gary Wihl

6 Oratory 87
J. R. LeMaster

7 Slavery and Race 101
Martin Klammer

8 Nation and Identity 122
Eldrid Herrington

9 A Theory of Organic Democracy 136
Stephen John Mack

10 Imperialism 151
Walter Grunzweig

11 Sexuality 164
Maire Mullins

12 Gender 180
Sherry Ceniza

13 Religion and the Poet-Prophet 197
David Kuebrich

14 Science and Pseudoscience 216
Harold Aspiz

15 Nineteenth-century Popular Culture 233
Brett Barney

16 Opera and Other Kinds of Music 257
Kathy Rugoff

17 Nineteenth-century Visual Culture 272
Ed Folsom

18 Civil War 290
Luke Mancuso

19 Nature 311
M. Jimmie Killingsworth

20 Death and the Afterlife 325
William J. Scheick

21 Twentieth-century Mass Media Appearances 341
Andrew Jewell and Kenneth M. Price

Part III: The Literary Context 359

22 Language 361
Tyler Hoffman

23 Style 377
James Perrin Warren

24 Literary Contemporaries 392
Joann P. Krieg

25 The Publishing History of Leaves of Grass 409
Amanda Gailey

26 The Poet's Reception and Legacy 439
Andrew C. Higgins

Part IV: Texts 455

Works of Poetry 456

27 The First (1855) Edition of Leaves of Grass 457
Edward Whitley

28 "Song of Myself" 471
Kerry C. Larson

29 "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" 484
James Dougherty

30 "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" 496
Howard Nelson

31 "Live Oak, with Moss," "Calamus," and "Children of Adam" 508
Steven Olsen-Smith

32 Civil War Poems in "Drum-Taps" and "Memories of President Lincoln" 522
Ted Genoways

Prose Works 539

33 Democratic Vistas 540
Robert Leigh Davis

34 Specimen Days 553
Martin G. Murray

35 The Prose Writings: Selected Secondary Sources 566
Donald D. Kummings

Index 588

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