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Erkkila, Betsy

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ISBN 10: 0195054385 / ISBN 13: 9780195054385
Published by Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford, 1989
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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8vo., vi, 360 pp., illustrated. Cloth backed paper over boards in illustrated dw. Fine in fine dw. --------------------------- "This is the first book to undertake a detailed analysis of Whitman's entire work in relation to the political struggles of the 19th century".- from the front flap. Bookseller Inventory # 000333

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Publisher: Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Recent critical studies have emphasized the formal, mystical, and psychological dimensions of Walt Whitman's art, dwelling mainly upon his Emersonian and Transcendental sources. This study is the first book to undertake a detailed analysis of Whitman's entire work in relation to the political struggles of the 19th century. Erkkila repairs the split between the private and the public, the personal and the political, the poet and history, that has in the past defined the analysis and evaluation of Whitman's work. Her approach combines close reading and historicist analysis, examining his poems as both products and agents of the political culture of his time. Among the topics explored are the ways in which the politics of race, class, gender, capital, technology, western expansion, and war enter into the poetic design of "Leaves of Grass"; the relation between Whitman's (homo)sexual body and the body politic of his poems; and the ways in which the Civil War and its aftermath affected Whitman's artistic ordering and reordering of his work.

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