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Author Leypoldt, Günter.

Title Cultural authority in the age of Whitman : a transatlantic perspective / Günter Leypoldt
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 302 pages)
Series Edinburgh studies in transatlantic literatures
Edinburgh studies in transatlantic literatures.
Contents Cover; Copyright; CONTENTS; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION: WHITMAN AND THE 'LAWLESS MUSIC' OF AMERICAN CULTURE; TRANSNATIONAL CONTEXTS OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY US DISCOURCE; CHAPTER 1 THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY INTELLECTUAL FIELD; CHAPTER 2 US DISCOURSE AND THE EXPRESSIVIST TURN; REPRESENTATIVE AUTHORS; CHAPTER 3 THE POET AS ORPHIC SINGER: RALPH WALDO EMERSON; CHAPTER 4 WALT WHITMAN AND THE POETRY OF THE FUTURE; CONCEPTUAL FIELDS OF US CULTURE; CHAPTER 5 THE MUSIC OF AMERICA; Chapter 6 NATIONAL IDENTITY AND THE SMELL OF THE WOODS; Chapter 7 THE DEMOCRATIC MUSE
INVENTING WHITMANIAN AUTHORITYChapter 8 CONTEMPORARY RECEPTION; Chapter 9 WHITMAN AMONG THE MODERNS; EPILOG: AFTER THE AMERICAN RENAISSANCE; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX
Summary "Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman puts narratives of cultural legitimation in nineteenth-century US literature in a transatlantic context. Exploring how literary professionalism shapes romantic and modern cultural space, GA1/4nter Leypoldt traces the nineteenth-century fusion of poetic radicalism with cultural nationalism from its beginnings in early romanticism to the poetry and poetics of Walt Whitman and Whitman's modernist reinvention as an icon of a native avant-garde. Whitman made cultural nationalism compatible with the rhetorical needs of professional authorship by trying to hold national authenticity and literary authority in a single poetic vision. Yet the notion that his 'language experiment' transformed essential democratic experience into a genuine American aesthetics also owes much to Whitman's retrospective canonization. What Leypoldt calls Whitmanian authority is thus a transatlantic and transhistorical discursive construct that can be approached from four angles. This book begins with an overview of transatlantic contexts such as the nineteenth-century literary field (Bourdieu) and the romantic turn to expressivism (Taylor). A detailed analysis follows on the development of Whitman's positions from the intellectual habitus and cultural criticism of Ralph Waldo Emerson. A third section on Whitmanian authority is located within three conceptual fields that function as contact zones for European and American theories of culture: romantic notions of national style as a kind of music; place-centered concepts of national aesthetics; and traditional ideas about the aesthetic effects of democratic institutions. A final section on Whitman's reinvention between the 1870s and the 1940s discusses how the heterogeneous nineteenth-century perceptions of Whitman's work were streamlined into a modernist version of Whitman's nationalist program"--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-288) and index
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Subject Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009675446
ISBN 0748635750 (electronic bk.)
9780748635757 (electronic bk.)