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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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Contemporary Reception

Contemporary Reception

(p.236) (p.237) Chapter 8 Contemporary Reception
Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman

Günter Leypoldt

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter tries to recreate the heterogeneity of Whitman's contemporary reception. It mentions the postbellum ‘Whitman myth’, which emerged and recombined with the modernist American-Renaissance construction. The chapter takes a look at the concept of ‘Whitmanian authority’, or a discursive space that guides the enunciation of nationality within professionalizing sites of cultural production. It also considers the cultural parallelisms and contradictory meditations on poetics that were highlighted by Whitman's modernist readers.

Keywords:   contemporary reception, Whitman myth, American-Renaissance construction, Whitmanian authority, cultural production, cultural parallelisms, contradictory meditations, modernist readers

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