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Poetry of Walt Whitman / Edition 1
     

Poetry of Walt Whitman / Edition 1

by Nick Selby
 

ISBN-10: 184046240X

ISBN-13: 9781840462401

Pub. Date: 03/04/2004

Publisher: Macmillan Education UK

Nick Selby 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. Beginning with essays by Emerson and Whitman, and reviews of the first edition of Leaves of Grass (1855), this Readers' Guide discusses the literary expectations that Whitman

Overview

Nick Selby 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. Beginning with essays by Emerson and Whitman, and reviews of the first edition of Leaves of Grass (1855), this Readers' Guide discusses the literary expectations that Whitman transgressed, and continues by examining his gradual critical elevation into America's spokesman, its 'good gray poet', and his place in the growth of 'American Studies' in the 1940s and 1950s. In its final chapters the Guide explores postmodern, cultural materialist, and 'queer' readings of Whitman's poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781840462401
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
03/04/2004
Series:
Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism Series
Edition description:
2003
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.- Early Reviews.- Whitman in the Early Twentieth Century.- Whitman and the 'American Renaissance'.- Whitman, Myth Criticism and the Growth of American Studies.- Whitman, Cultural Materialism and 'Reconstructive' Readings.- Ideology and Desire: Whitman and Sexuality.- Ideology and Deconstruction: Whitman and 'New Americanist' Critiques.- Bibliography.- Index.

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