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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840462401
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/4/2004
  • Series: Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Selby is Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Glasgow.

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Table of Contents

• 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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