Epilog: After the American Renaissance

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:
Epilog: After the American Renaissance

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This chapter reviews the American-Renaissance construction, which lost a lot of its credibility during the 1960s and 1970s, looking at the post-Kantian Whitmanian moment, and describing Whitman's image of the American poetry. It suggests that reductionism can be solved if one views literary production as a kind of imaginary world-making that cuts across strict world–art oppositions, such as socio-political expressiveness versus stylistic artistry.

Keywords: American-Renaissance construction; post-Kantian; Whitmanian moment; American poetry; reductionism; literary production; imaginary world-making; world–art oppositions; socio-political expressiveness; stylistic artistry

Chapter.  1774 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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