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Approaches to teaching Whitman's Leaves of grass

Author: Donald D Kummings
Publisher: New York : Modern Language Association of America, 1990.
Series: Approaches to teaching world literature, 32.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Called the great poet of America by the writer Max Eastman in 1943, Walt Whitman has in the past few decades secured a largely unchallenged place in the literary canon. Yet, as Donald D. Kummings notes in his preface to this collection of essays, Whitman “often suffers from the treatment accorded many another major author—that is, readers approach him dutifully, reverentially, as an exhibit in a wax museum rather  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Leaves of grass
Named Person: Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt (1819-1892) Whitman; Walt Whitman; Walt Whitman
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald D Kummings
ISBN: 9780873525374 087352537X 0873525388 9780873525381
OCLC Number: 22208836
Description: x, 192 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Materials / Donald D. Kummings --
Whitman's I: person, persona, self, sign / M. Jimmie Killingsworth --
The poet-reader relationship in "Song of Myself" / John B. Mason --
Linguistic features of "Song of Myself" / C. Carroll Hollis --
"Song of Myself" and the politics of the body erotic / Betsy Erkkila --
Some contexts for "Song of Myself" / Roger Asselineau --
Reconciling varied approaches to "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" / Dennis K. Renner --
The disseminal Whitman: a deconstructive approach to Enfans d'Adam and Calamus / Robert K. Martin --
A Jungian approach to the self in major Whitman poems / Lorelei Cederstrom. (Cont'd.) Listening to Whitman: an introduction to his prosody / Martin Bidney --
Leaves of Grass as a sexual manifesto: a reader-response approach / William H. Shurr --
Teaching Whitman's old-age poems / Donald Barlow Stauffer --
The poetic uses of Whitman's prose / Susan Day Dean --
Whitman in the undergraduate survey / Robin Riley Fast --
Whitman's use and abuse of poetic predecessors / Kenneth M. Price --
Whitman's language as the basis for a scientific or technical report / Sherry Southard --
"Scattering it freely forever": Whitman in a seminar on nineteenth-century American culture / Ed Folsom --
Teaching the Whitman seminar / Alan Helms --
Whitman and democratic women / Sherry Ceniza --
The bard of both Americas / Doris Sommer.
Series Title: Approaches to teaching world literature, 32.
Responsibility: edited by Donald D. Kummings.

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Called the great poet of America by the writer Max Eastman in 1943, Walt Whitman has in the past few decades secured a largely unchallenged place in the literary canon. Yet, as Donald D. Kummings notes in his preface to this collection of essays, Whitman “often suffers from the treatment accorded many another major author—that is, readers approach him dutifully, reverentially, as an exhibit in a wax museum rather than as a poet of living relevance. This volume attempts to suggest ways in which teachers may vitalize Whitman and his Leaves for present and future generations of students.” Like other volumes in the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, this book is divided into two parts. The first part, “Materials,” evaluates the many editions of Leaves of Grass, recommends student reading, and surveys reference and critical works, background and pedagogical studies, and audiovisual aids. In the second part, “Approaches,” nineteen teachers explore subjects and issues central to Whitman studies, including biographical concerns, literary relations, philosophical perspectives, elements of language and style, narrative techniques, prosodic innovations, and interpretive strategies. -- ‡c From publisher's description.

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