A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman / Edition 1

A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman / Edition 1

by Reynolds, David S. (Ed.) Reynolds, David S. (Ed.)
     
 

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-crass politics, race and slavery, sexual mores, the visual arts… See more details below

Overview

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-crass 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 carted "the age transfigured, " fully enmeshed in his times and addressing issues that are still vital today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195120820
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Historical Guides to American Authors Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Baruch College in New York. His publications include Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography (1995).

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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