Contemporary Reception

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635740
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651658 | DOI:
Contemporary Reception

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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 construction. The chapter takes a look at the concept of ‘Whitmanian authority’, or a discursive space that guides the enunciation of nationality within professionalizing sites of cultural production. It also considers the cultural parallelisms and contradictory meditations on poetics that were highlighted by Whitman's modernist readers.

Keywords: contemporary reception; Whitman myth; American-Renaissance construction; Whitmanian authority; cultural production; cultural parallelisms; contradictory meditations; modernist readers

Chapter.  3611 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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