A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman

A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman

by David S. Reynolds
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195120817

ISBN-13: 9780195120813

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Few authors are so well suited to historical study as Whitman, who is widely considered America's greatest poet. This Guide combines contemporary cultural studies and historical scholarship to illuminate Whitman's diverse contexts. The essays explore dimensions of Whitman's dynamic relationship to working-class politics, race and slavery, sexual mores,…  See more details below

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Few authors are so well suited to historical study as Whitman, who is widely considered America's greatest poet. This Guide combines contemporary cultural studies and historical scholarship to illuminate Whitman's diverse contexts. The essays explore dimensions of Whitman's dynamic relationship to working-class politics, race and slavery, sexual mores, the visual arts, and the idea of democracy. The poet who emerges from this volume is no "solitary singer," distanced from his culture, but what he himself called "the age transfigured," fully enmeshed in his times and addressing issues that are still vital today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195120813
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Historical Guides to American Authors Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsvii
Introduction3
Walt Whitman, 1819-1892: A Brief Biography15
Whitman in His Time
Lucifer and Ethiopia: Whitman, Race, and Poetics before the Civil War and After45
The Political Roots of Leaves of Grass97
Whitman and the Gay American Ethos121
Whitman and the Visual Arts153
Whitman the Democrat205
Illustrated Chronology235
Bibliographical Essay251
Contributors261
Index265

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