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Cultural Authority in the Age of WhitmanA Transatlantic Perspective$
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Gunter Leypoldt

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635740

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.001.0001

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Epilog: After the American Renaissance

Epilog: After the American Renaissance

(p.256) Epilog: After the American Renaissance
Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman

Günter Leypoldt

Edinburgh University Press

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

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