Reconstituting the American Renaissance: Emerson, Whitman, and the Politics of Representation - New Americanists (Hardback)Jay Grossman (author)
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Reconstituting the American Renaissance describes how Emerson and Whitman came into the period of their greatest productivity with different conceptions of the functions and political efficacy of the word in the world. It challenges Emerson's position as Whitman's necessary precursor and offers a cultural history that emphasizes the two writers' differences in social class, cultural experience, and political perspective. In their writings between 1830 and 1855, the book finds contrasting conceptions of the relations between the "representative man" and the constituencies to whom, and for whom, he speaks. Reconstituting the American Renaissance opens up the canonical relationship between Emerson and Whitman and multiplies the historical and discursive contexts for understanding their published and unpublished works.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 245 x 163 x 28 mm
"Reconstituting the American Renaissance will dramatically change the way scholars view the relationship of Whitman to Emerson and the character of their literary enterprises."-Jay Fliegelman, author of Declaring Independence: Jefferson, Natural Language and the Culture of Performance