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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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The Democratic Muse

The Democratic Muse

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(p.195) Chapter 7 The Democratic Muse
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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/9780748635740.003.0008

This chapter takes a look at Whitman's programmatic connection of political freedom and free verse, introducing the ‘Whig histories’ of democratic progress, and discussing liberty and culture in the British Enlightenment. It studies the Whig aesthetics, US discourse, and Alexis de Tocqueville's democracy in America. The chapter also considers the relationship between romanticism and transcendentalism, before finally discussing the involvement of the Democratic Muse in the liberalist notions of variety or diversity as sources of cultural health.

Keywords:   Democratic Muse, Whig histories, British Enlightenment, Whig aesthetics, Alexis de Tocqueville, romanticism, transcendentalism, liberalist notions, cultural health

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