The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry

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This Companion is the first critical collection of its kind devoted solely to American poetry of the nineteenth century. It covers a wide variety of authors, many of whom are currently being rediscovered. A number of anthologies in the recent past have been devoted to the verse of groups such as Native Americans, African-Americans and women. This volume offers essays covering these groups as well as more familiar figures such as Dickinson, Whitman, Longfellow and Melville. The contents are divided between broad ...

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Overview

This Companion is the first critical collection of its kind devoted solely to American poetry of the nineteenth century. It covers a wide variety of authors, many of whom are currently being rediscovered. A number of anthologies in the recent past have been devoted to the verse of groups such as Native Americans, African-Americans and women. This volume offers essays covering these groups as well as more familiar figures such as Dickinson, Whitman, Longfellow and Melville. The contents are divided between broad topics of concern such as the poetry of the Civil War or the development of the 'poetess' role and articles featuring specific authors such as Edgar Allan Poe or Sarah Piatt. In the past two decades a growing body of scholarship has been engaged in reconceptualizing and re-evaluating this largely neglected area of study in US literary history - this Companion reflects and advances this spirit of revisionism.

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"This lively collection is the first book of its sort to examine an expanse of 19th-century American poetry, the canon of which postmodern literary studies largely ignores, and to embrace an operant revisionist literary history and scholarship."

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Meet the Author

Kerry Larson is professor of English at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Whitman's Drama of Consensus (1988) and Imagining Equality in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2008) as well as numerous articles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Kerry Larson; Part I. Mandates, Movements, and Manifestos: 1. The reception of nineteenth-century American poetry Mary Louise Kete; 2. American Indian poetry in the nineteenth century Robert Dale Parker; 3. The poet as poetess Virginia Jackson; 4. Transcendental poetics Stephen Cushman; 5. Slavery and its metrics Max Cavitch; 6. Weathering the news in US Civil War poetry Eliza Richards; 7. The 'twilight of the poets' in the era of American realism, 1875-1900 Elizabeth Renker; Part II. Individual Authors: 8. Longfellow's ambivalence Stephen Burt; 9. Sarah Piatt's grammar of convention and the conditions of authorship Jessica Roberts; 10. Poe and Southern poetry Jack Kerkering; 11. The color line: James Monroe Whitfield and Albery Allson Whitman Ivy Wilson; 12. Colonial violence and poetic transcendence in Whitman's 'Song of Myself' Donald Pease; 13. Emily Dickinson's 'turban'd seas' Cristanne Miller; Selected guide to further reading.

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