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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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Walt Whitman and the Poetry of the Future

Walt Whitman and the Poetry of the Future

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(p.101) Chapter 4 Walt Whitman and the Poetry of the Future
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Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman
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Günter Leypoldt

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.003.0005

This chapter discusses Whitman's concept of poetic lawlessness, which shifts from primitivist and professionalist conceptions of literary expression; examines Whitman's post-Kantian voice; and then looks at his uses of historicism. The next section studies cultural consistency and Whitman's influence on American style, followed by a discussion of the form–content distinction, natural prose, liberated perception, and democratic realism.

Keywords:   poetic lawlessness, literary expression, primitivist conceptions, professionalist conceptions, post-Kantian voice, historicism, cultural consistency, form–content distinction, democratic realism, liberated perception

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