Democracy in the Poetry of Walt Whitman

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Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes...

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Overview

Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue; and a detailed subject index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737763782
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/5/2012
  • Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chronology 14

Chapter 1 Background on Walt Whitman

1 The Life of Walt Whitman Ed Folsom Kenneth M. Price 19

2 Whitman's Complexity Helps Readers Better Understand Democracy and Themselves Richard Gambino 34

3 Whitman's Love of Country Did Not Prevent Him from Speaking Out Against Injustice David S. Reynolds 42

Chapter 2 Democracy in Walt Whitman's Poetry

1 Whitman Forged His Own Theory of Democratic Poetics Patrick Redding 53

2 Whitman Celebrated the Creative, Risk-Taking Spirit of Capitalist Pioneers Benjamin R. Barber 60

3 Whitman's "Song of Myself" Presents a Composite Democratic Individual George Kateb 71

4 Whitman's Principle of Democratic Comradeship Rested on Bonds of Love Between Men Stephen Alexander 81

5 Whitman Was Not Socially-or Sexually-Isolated, and This Informed His Vision of Democratic Community Michael Moon 87

6 Whitman's Democratic Legacy Is Uneven Michael Frank 95

7 Whitman Took a Proslavery Position in His First Novel Martin Klammer 102

8 The Nazis Reshaped Whitman's Democratic Themes with Their Own Message Walter Gr├╝nzweig 111

9 Whitman's Views Earned Him Scorn from the Proslavery Press Eric Conrad 120

10 Whitman's "Democratic Vistas" Is a Key to Understanding America David Brooks 130

11 Whitman Offers a Complex, Imaginative Model of Patriotism Stephen Cushman 137

12 A Twenty-First-Century Whitman Would Express His Views Through Rock and Roll David Haven Blake 146

13 Whitman Loved America with a Ferocity Tempered by Compassion C.K. Williams 156

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on Democracy 165

1 Democracy Requires an Informed Electorate Henry Aubin 165

2 Democracy Does Not Necessarily Promote Individual Autonomy Jonah Goldberg 169

3 Short-Sighted and Self-Serving Policies Doom Democracies Randy Salzman 174

4 Excessive Individualism Creates Inequality and Weakens America's Social Fabric D. Stanley Eitzen 178

5 American Individualism Is Threatened by a Growing Climate of Resentment and Victimization Peter Goodspeed 185

6 Individuals Have More Opportunities than Ever Before Thomas L. Friedman 191

For Further Discussion 195

For Further Reading 197

Bibliography 198

Index 201

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