Walt Whitman's Native Representations

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 95%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (24) from $1.99   
  • New (8) from $1.99   
  • Used (16) from $1.99   

Overview

Walt Whitman looked to many different areas of American culture to develop a distinctively American poetry. This book investigates four of the areas he found most fertile for his own poetic development: the evolution of American dictionaries, the growth of the national sport of baseball, the decimation of American Indians, and the development of American photography. From each of these cultural activities, Whitman absorbed key aesthetic lessons that helped him compose his poetry.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Ed Folsom has written a fine book that adds significantly to our knowledge of Walt Whitman's relationship to his times. Folsom provides interesting discussions of dictionaries, baseball, American Indians, and photography as they touch on the poet who repeatedly called for a historical understanding of his works....For Whitman scholars, Folsom's book is a must. And its influence should extend beyond Whitman circles. Anyone interested in the contextual study of literature will find a good example to follow in Walt Whitman's Native Representations." David S. Reynolds, The New England Quarterly

"Folsom is able to demonstrate more effectively than perhaps any previous critic how deep Whitman's investment in American culture actually was and how, instead of applying some established poetic technology to the cultural ore of his times, Whitman drew upon a diverse set of activities and energies from every corner of American life to transform the practices and principles of poetic art....The story is all the better because of Folsom's prose style (always engaging and readable and often eloquent) and his critical technique, which gently probes the theoretical issues surrounding the concept of cultural representation while offering frequent illuminations of the specific language and images in Whitman's writings. With scholarly care and critical energy, Folsom transforms what might have seemed four marginal topics into four crucial issues with subtle interconnections." M. Jimmie Killingsworth, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

"Ultimately a book about language, Native Representations is impressive scholarship, one of the best studies ever published on Whitman. If any reader, academic or nonacademic, has been wondering if there exists a thoroughly accessible, richly informative, and profoundly stimulating book on the poet regarded by many as America's greatest—well, here it is." Choice

"...a linked series of beautifully written and meticulously researched essays....studded with arresting examples of how the forms and the textures of Whitman's culture were textualized in his writings....Walt Whitman's Native Representations is valuable for the scrupulous way in which it searches out and documents Whitman's engagement with several of the most important issues and developments of his period." M. Wynn Thomas, American Literature

"Folsom is original not in claiming primacy for his sources (which as a good historian he does not) but in arguing for their metonymical value...this book is an excellent example of a study of material culture and literature because it never asks too much of its evidence or becomes fashionably neo-Marxist in its criticism of the system the 'Poet of Democracy' celebrated...Folsom has been both scholarly and imaginative in showing how the material gets into the culture, or the cultural experience into the poetry. For this reason alone, not to mention the way the study provides an enlivening perspective for future anaylses of Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman's Native Representation is one of the best studies of Whitman since the era of the New Criticism..." Jerome Loving, Resources for American Literary Study

"I thought that nothing new remained to be disclosed about the life and work of the poet until there burst upon the horizon Ed Folsom's insightful study....Folsom's volume Walt Whitman's Native Representations is destined to take its place alongside the classic studies of Gay Willson Allen and Roger Asselineau." Robert Strassburg, The Walt Whitman Circle

"This lucid and engaging study examines how four nineteenth-century cultural events — the development of American dictionaries, the growth of baseball, the evolution of American Indian policy, and the development of photography — helped shape Walt Whitman's democratic poetics....Folsom demonstrates with equally suggestive detail the effect of other cultural activities on Whitman's democratic poetics and outlook....Such insights consistently reward the reader with a rich sense of how Whitman, as Folsom says, composts the materials of a changing and conflicted democratic culture to compose the stuff of his poetry." Martin Klammer, American Studies

"..an entertaining and well-researched critical commentary on Whitman..." Review

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Table of Contents

Preface: Walt Whitman and ...; Acknowledgements; Introduction: 'Wording the future'; 1. Whitman and dictionaries; 2. Whitman and baseball; 3. Whitman and American Indians; 4. Whitman and photography; 5. Whitman and photographs of the self.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)