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A Political Companion to Walt Whitman
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The works of Walt Whitman have been described as masculine, feminine, postcolonial, homoerotic, urban, organic, unique, and democratic, yet arguments about the extent to which Whitman could or should be considered a political poet have yet to be fully confronted. Some scholars disregard Whitman’s understanding of democracy, insisting on separating his personal works from his political works. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman is the first full-length exploration of Whitman’s works through the lens of political theory. Editor John E. Seery and a collection of prominent theorists and philosophers uncover the political awareness of Whitman’s poetry and prose, analyzing his faith in the potential of individuals, his call for a revolution in literature and political culture, and his belief in the possibility of combining heroic individualism with democratic justice. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman reaches beyond literature into political theory, revealing the ideology behind Whitman’s call for the emergence of American poets of democracy.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Series page
  2. p. ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Series Foreword
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Part I
  2. p. 17
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  1. Chapter 1: Walt Whitman and the Culture of Democracy
  2. pp. 19-46
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  1. Chapter 2: Strange Attractors: How Individualists Connect to Form Democratic Unity
  2. pp. 47-58
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  1. Chapter 3: Mestiza Poetics: Walt Whitman, Barack Obama, and the Question of Union
  2. pp. 59-95
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  1. Chapter 4: Democratic Desire: Walt Whitman
  2. pp. 96-130
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  1. Chapter 5: The Solar Judgment of Walt Whitman
  2. pp. 131-146
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  1. Part II
  2. p. 147
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  1. Chapter 6: “Mass Merger”: Whitman and Baudelaire, the Modern Street, and Democratic Culture
  2. pp. 149-154
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  1. Chapter 7: Promiscuous Citizenship
  2. pp. 155-184
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  1. Chapter 8: Walt Whitman and the Ethnopoetics of New York
  2. pp. 185-219
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  1. Chapter 9: Democratic Manliness
  2. pp. 220-241
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  1. Part III
  2. p. 243
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  1. Chapter 10: Whitman as a Political Thinker
  2. pp. 245-271
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  1. Chapter 11: Whitman, Death, and Democracy
  2. pp. 272-295
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  1. Chapter 12: Morbid Democracies: The Bodies Politic of Walt Whitman and Richard Rorty
  2. pp. 296-309
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  1. Chapter 13: Democratic Enlightenment: Whitman and Aesthetic Education
  2. pp. 310-339
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  1. "Leaves of Grass" Frontispieces
  2. pp. 340-341
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 343-352
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 353-355
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 357-373
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