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American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet

Whitley, Edward

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ISBN 10: 0807834211 / ISBN 13: 9780807834213
Editorial: Univ of North Carolina Pr, 2010
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1st edition. 264 pages. 9.75x6.50x1.00 inches. In Stock. N° de ref. de la librería 0807834211

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Título: American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other ...

Editorial: Univ of North Carolina Pr

Año de publicación: 2010

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Brand New

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Walt Whitman has long been regarded as the quintessential American bard, the poet who best represents all that is distinctive about life in the United States. Whitman himself encouraged this view, but he was also quick to remind his readers that he was an unlikely candidate for the office of national poet, and that his working-class upbringing and radical take on human sexuality often put him at odds with American culture. While American literary history has tended to credit Whitman with having invented the persona of the national outsider as the national bard, Edward Whitley recovers three of Whitman's contemporaries who adopted similar personae: James M. Whitfield, an African American separatist and abolitionist; Eliza R. Snow, a Mormon pioneer and women's leader; and John Rollin Ridge, a Cherokee journalist and Native-rights advocate.

These three poets not only provide a counterpoint to the Whitmanian persona of the outsider bard, but they also reframe the criteria by which generations of scholars have characterized Whitman as America's poet. This effort to resituate Whitman's place in American literary history provides an innovative perspective on the most familiar poet of the United States and the culture from which he emerged.

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"Edward Whitley's book maps James M. Whitfield, Eliza R. Snow, and John Rollin Ridge prominently onto nineteenth-century American poetic history as a group of poets seeking to become national bards not by embracing the traditional trappings of nationalism but by challenging them. Whitley frames his reading of three lesser-known poets with a revisionary reading of America's iconic poet and offers a revelatory exploration of the nation's scattered and various lost alternative bards. This will be one of the most significant and talked-about books this year in American literature."--Ed Folsom, University of Iowa, editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

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