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Title:
The poetry of Walt Whitman
Author:
Selby, Nick, 1964-
Publication Information:
Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Physical Description:
xii, 175 pages ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781403933164

9781840462401
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Nick Selby assembles some of the most important critical writings about Walt Whitman in order to demonstrate how critical debate about him has reflected changing perceptions of America itself. Beginning with essays by Emerson and Whitman, and reviews of the first edition of Leaves of Grass (1855), this Readers' Guide discusses the literary expectations that Whitman transgressed, and continues by examining his gradual critical elevation into America's spokesman, its 'good gray poet', and his place in the growth of 'American Studies' in the 1940s and 1950s. In its final chapters the Guide explores postmodern, cultural materialist, and 'queer' readings of Whitman's poetry.


Author Notes

NICK SELBY is Lecturer in American Literature, and Associate Director of the Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies at the University of Glasgow.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Early Reviews
Whitman in the Early Twentieth Century
Whitman and the 'American Renaissance'
Whitman, Myth Criticism and the Growth of American Studies
Whitman, Cultural Materialism and 'Reconstructive' Readings
Ideology and Desire: Whitman and Sexuality
Ideology and Deconstruction: Whitman and 'New Americanist' Critiques
Bibliography
Index