The Resource Whitman's poetry of the body: : sexuality, politics, and the text, M. Jimmie Killingsworth, (ebook)

Whitman's poetry of the body: : sexuality, politics, and the text, M. Jimmie Killingsworth, (ebook)

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Whitman's poetry of the body: : sexuality, politics, and the text
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Whitman's poetry of the body:
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sexuality, politics, and the text
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M. Jimmie Killingsworth
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eng
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This eBook combines literary and historical analysis in a study of sexuality in Walt Whitman's work. Informed by his "new historicist" understanding of the construction of literary texts, Jimmie Killingsworth examines the progression of Whitman's poetry and prose by considering the textual history of Leaves of Grass and other works. Killingsworth demonstrates that Whitman's "poetry of the body" derives its radical power from the transformation of conventional attitudes toward sexuality, traditional poetics, and conservative politics. The sexual relation, with its promise of unity, love, equality, interpenetration, and productivity for partners, becomes a metaphor for all political and social relationships, including that of poet and reader. The effect of the poems is protopolitical, an altering of consciousness about the body's relation to other bodies, a shifting of the categories of knowledge that foretells political action. Killingsworth traces the interplay in Whitman's poetry between sexual and textual themes that derive from Whitman's political response to the historical turbulence of mid-century America. He describes a subtle shift in Whitman's prose writings on poetics, which turn from a view of poetry in the early 1850s as morally and politically efficacious to a chastened romanticism in the postwar years that frees the poet from responsibility for the world outside his poems. Later editions of Leaves of Grass are marked by the poet's deliberate repression of erotic themes in favor of a depoliticized aestheticism that views art not as a motivator of political and moral action but as an artifact embodying the soul of the genius
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Midwest
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Killingsworth, M. Jimmie
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811/.3
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non fiction
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  • Whitman, Walt
  • Homosexuality and literature
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Human body in literature
  • Sex role in literature
  • Sex in literature
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adult
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Whitman's poetry of the body: : sexuality, politics, and the text, M. Jimmie Killingsworth, (ebook)
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9781469620633
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MWT11809941
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11809941
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Whitman's poetry of the body: : sexuality, politics, and the text, M. Jimmie Killingsworth, (ebook)
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multicolored
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781469620633
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11809941
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11809941
System control number
MWT11809941
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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