A Companion to Walt Whitman

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Donald D. Kummings
John Wiley & Sons, 2009 M10 19 - 624 pages
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Comprising more than 30 substantial essays written by leading scholars, this companion constitutes an exceptionally broad-ranging and in-depth guide to one of America’s greatest poets.
  • Makes the best and most up-to-date thinking on Whitman available to students
  • Designed to make readers more aware of the social and cultural contexts of Whitman’s work, and of the experimental nature of his writing
  • Includes contributions devoted to specific poetry and prose works, a compact biography of the poet, and a bibliography
 

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Contents

Whitmans Life and Work 181992
11
The Cultural Context
27
The City
42
Labor and Laborers
60
Politics
76
Slavery and Race
101
Nation and Identity
122
A Theory of Organic Democracy
136
Twentiethcentury Mass Media Appearances
341
Contents
352
The Literary Context
359
Style
377
Literary Contemporaries
392
The Publishing History of Leaves of Grass
409
The Poets Reception and Legacy
439
Texts
455

Imperialism
151
Sexuality
164
Gender
180
Religion and the PoetProphet
197
Science and Pseudoscience
216
Nineteenthcentury Popular Culture
233
Opera and Other Kinds of Music
257
Nineteenthcentury Visual Culture
272
Civil War
290
Nature
311
Death and the Afterlife
325
Song of Myself Kerry C Larson
471
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry James Dougherty
484
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking Howard Nelson
496
Live Oak with Moss Calamus and Children of Adam Steven OlsenSmith
508
Civil War Poems in DrumTaps and Memories of President Lincoln Ted Genoways
522
Prose Works
539
Specimen Days
553
Selected Secondary Sources
566
Index
588
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About the author (2009)

Donald D. Kummings is a Professor of English at the Parkside Campus of the University of Wisconsin. His books on Whitman include Walt Whitman, 1940-1975: A Reference Guide (1982), Approaches to Teaching Whitman‘s ‘Leaves of Grass’ (1990) and with J.R. LeMaster Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia (1998). In 1990, his collection of poems, ;The Open Road Trip ;was awarded the Posner Poetry Prize by the Council for Wisconsin Writers. In 1997, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him Wisconsin Professor of the Year.

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