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Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman: A Transatlantic Perspective

Gunter Leypoldt


This book deals with narratives of cultural legitimation in nineteenth-century US literature, in a transatlantic context. Exploring how literary professionalism shapes romantic and modern cultural space, the author traces the nineteenth-century fusion of poetic radicalism with cultural nationalism from its beginnings in transatlantic early romanticism, to the poetry and poetics of Walt Whitman, and Whitman's modernist reinvention as an icon of a native avant-garde. Whitman made cultural nationalism compatible with the rhetorical needs of professional authorship by trying to hold national authe ... More

Keywords: cultural legitimation, transatlantic context, poetic radicalism, cultural nationalism, romanticism, Walt Whitman, American aesthetics, Whitmanian authority, expressivism, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748635740
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gunter Leypoldt, author