Poetry of Walt Whitman / Edition 1

Poetry of Walt Whitman / Edition 1

by Nick Selby
     
 

This Readers' Guide assembles some of the most important critical writings about Walt Whitman in order to demonstrate how critical debate about him has reflected changing perceptions of America itself. Starting with early reviews, the guide moves through essays that elevate Whitman to America's spokesman, its "good gray poet", and closes with essays that

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This Readers' Guide assembles some of the most important critical writings about Walt Whitman in order to demonstrate how critical debate about him has reflected changing perceptions of America itself. Starting with early reviews, the guide moves through essays that elevate Whitman to America's spokesman, its "good gray poet", and closes with essays that discuss Whitman in the light of postmodern, cultural materialist, and "queer" reading practices. Nick Selby offers an overview of how the poet's critics have dealt with his work and its cultural legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781840462401
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
03/04/2004
Series:
Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Ch. 1Early reviews8
Ch. 2Whitman in the early twentieth century28
Ch. 3Whitman and the 'American Renaissance'55
Ch. 4Whitman, myth criticism and the growth of American studies75
Ch. 5Whitman, cultural materialism and 'reconstructive' readings93
Ch. 6Ideology and desire : Whitman and sexuality116
Ch. 7Ideology and deconstruction : Whitman and 'New Americanist' critiques137
Notes159
Bibliography168
Index173

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