Overview

Celebrating the various ethnic traditions that melded to create what we now call American literature, Whitman did his best to encourage an international reaction to his work. But even he would have been startled by the multitude of ways in which his call has been answered. By tracking this wholehearted international response and reconceptualizing American literature, Walt Whitman and the World demonstrates how various cultures have appropriated an American writer who ceases to sound quite so narrowly American ...
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Walt Whitman and the World

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Overview

Celebrating the various ethnic traditions that melded to create what we now call American literature, Whitman did his best to encourage an international reaction to his work. But even he would have been startled by the multitude of ways in which his call has been answered. By tracking this wholehearted international response and reconceptualizing American literature, Walt Whitman and the World demonstrates how various cultures have appropriated an American writer who ceases to sound quite so narrowly American when he is read into other cultures' traditions.
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“A simply splendid collection of responses to Whitman's poetry in a great diversity of voices, forms, and nationalities. The spirit of the performance is—what else?—Whitmanian, grandly and lovingly executed.”—Nineteenth-Century Literature

“An extraordinary book in both ambition and execution, edited by two of the most distinguished Whitman scholars representing the older and younger generations. The book shows the American poet of self and democracy, some 150 years after he launched his spiritual journey, still sauntering down that open road.”—James E. Miller, Jr., University of Chicago

“This book brings together the best critics and the most representative views of Whitman from around the globe. Its internationality reflects the poet's own grand ideas about democracy and diversity.”—Jerome Loving, Texas A&M University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587290046
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Series: Iowa Whitman Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ed Folsom is Roy J. Carver Professor of English and editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review at the University of Iowa. Coeditor of the Walt Whitman Archive, he is the author ofWalt Whitman's Native Representations, coeditor of Walt Whitman and the World (Iowa, 1995), and editor of Walt Whitman: The Centennial Essays (Iowa, 1994), among many other publications.

The late Gay Wilson Allen was emeritus professor of English at New York University, the author of biographies of Walt Whitman, William James, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the general editor of The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman



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Table of Contents


Contents

Acknowledgments


INTRODUCTION: “Salut au Monde!”
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