Walt Whitman's Native Representations

Walt Whitman's Native Representations

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Walt Whitman's Native Representations

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780521585729
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #80
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 215
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

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.

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