Walt Whitman, Where the Future Becomes Present

Walt Whitman, Where the Future Becomes Present

by David Haven Blake
     
 

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Walt Whitman, Where the Future Becomes Present invigorates Whitman studies by garnering insights from a diverse group of writers and intellectuals. Writing from the perspectives of art history, political theory, creative writing, and literary criticism, the contributors place Whitman in the center of both world literature and American public life. The volume

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Walt Whitman, Where the Future Becomes Present invigorates Whitman studies by garnering insights from a diverse group of writers and intellectuals. Writing from the perspectives of art history, political theory, creative writing, and literary criticism, the contributors place Whitman in the center of both world literature and American public life. The volume is especially notable for being the best example yet published of what the editors call the New Textuality in Whitman studies, an emergent mode of criticism that focuses on the different editions of Whitman’s poems as independent works of art.

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“Gracefully introduced by Blake and Robertson, this important collection of essays reflects on Whitman’s complicated legacy in our time and for the future. The book is wide-ranging and elegantly focused.”—Vivian Pollak, author, The Erotic Whitman

"This sterling collection of essays is well matched to its Whitmanian epigraph: 'Past and present and future are not disjoined but joined.' Their meeting point is reception, the myriad of ways that Leaves of Grass has been interpreted by readers from around the globe and across the generations or—in the words of Kirsten Silva Gruesz's stunning closing essay—the 'process of mutual adaptation across space and time' that links the poetry to the world's readers and cultures."—Ezra Greenspan, Edmund and Louise Kahn Chair in Huanities, Southern Methodist University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587296383
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Series:
Iowa Whitman Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

The author of Walt Whitman and the Culture of American Celebrity, David Haven Blake is an associate professor of English at the College of New Jersey. Michael Robertson is a professor of English at the College of New Jersey and the author of Stephen Crane, Journalism, and the Making of Modern American Literature and Worshiping Walt: The Whitman Disciples.

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