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Whitman and the ‘Lawless Music’ of American Culture

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman: A Transatlantic Perspective

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635740
eISBN:
9780748651658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This introductory chapter discusses Walt Whitman and his ‘lawless music’. This musical trope is considered significant because it relates a ‘pure’ aesthetic form to a political practice. This implies ... More


The Nineteenth-Century Intellectual Field

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman: A Transatlantic Perspective

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635740
eISBN:
9780748651658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter describes the intellectual field of the nineteenth century. The first section discusses the sensibility of the literary intellectuals, and then examines Pierre Bourdieu's concept of ... More


Contemporary Reception

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman: A Transatlantic Perspective

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635740
eISBN:
9780748651658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter tries to recreate the heterogeneity of Whitman's contemporary reception. It mentions the postbellum ‘Whitman myth’, which emerged and recombined with the modernist American-Renaissance ... More


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