Approaches to Teaching Whitman s Leaves of Grass

This volume attempts to suggest ways in which teachers may vitalize Whitman and his Leaves for present and future generations of students.

Approaches to Teaching Whitman s Leaves of Grass

Now at seventy-three volumes, this popular MLA series (ISSN 10591133) addresses a broad range of literary texts. Each volume surveys teaching aids and critical material and brings together essays that apply a variety of perspectives to teaching the text. Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, student teachers, education specialists, and teachers in all humanities disciplines will find these volumes particularly helpful.

Prospects for the Study of American Literature

The Gita and Walt Whitman's Mysticism . " India and World Literature . Ed . Abhai Maurya . New Delhi : Indian Council for Cultural Relations , 1990. 524–34 . Kummings , Donald D. , ed . Approaches to Teaching Whitman's “ Leaves of Grass ...

Prospects for the Study of American Literature

What can there possibly be left to say about . . .? This common litany, resonant both in and outside of academia, reflects a growing sense that the number of subjects and authors appropriate for literary study is rapidly becoming exhausted. Take heart, admonishes Richard Kopley in this dynamic new anthology--for this is decidedly not the case. While generations of literary study have unquestionably covered much ground in analyzing canonical writers, many aspects of even the most well-known authors--both their lives and their work-- remain underexamined. Among the authors discussed are T. S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Faulkner, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, Edith Wharton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Zora Neale Hurston, Henry James, Willa Cather, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain.

A Companion to Walt Whitman

His work on Whitman includes three books: Walt Whitman, 1940– 1975: A Reference Guide (1982), Approaches to Teaching Whitman's ''Leaves of Grass'' (1990), and (with J. R. LeMaster) Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia (1998).

A Companion to Walt Whitman

Comprising more than 30 substantial essays written by leading scholars, this companion constitutes an exceptionally broad-ranging and in-depth guide to one of America?s greatest poets. Makes the best and most up-to-date thinking on Whitman available to students Designed to make readers more aware of the social and cultural contexts of Whitman?s work, and of the experimental nature of his writing Includes contributions devoted to specific poetry and prose works, a compact biography of the poet, and a bibliography

Walt Whitman

The Kummings volume contains essays written by nineteen college teachers and Whitman scholars. ... Katz, Sandra L. “A Reconsideration of Walt Whitman: A Teaching Approach. ... Approaches to Teaching Whitman's “Leaves of Grass.

Walt Whitman

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitman presents a comprehensive resource complied by over 200 internationally recognized contributors, including such leading Whitman scholars as James E. Miller, Jr., Roger Asselineau, Betsy Erkkila, and Joel Myerson. Now available for the first time in paperback, this volume comprises more than 750 entries arranged in convenient alphabetical format. Coverage includes: biographical information: all names, dates, places, and events important to understanding Whitman's life and career Whitman's works: essays on all eight editions of "Leaves of Grass," major poems and poem clusters, principal essays and prose works, as well as his more than two dozen short stories and the novel, Franklin Evans prominent themes and concepts: essays on such major topics as democracy, slavery, the Civil War, immortality, sexuality, and the women's rights movement. significant forms and techniques: such as prosody, symbolism, free verse, and humour important trends and critical approaches in Whitman studies: including new historicist and cultural criticism, psychological explorations, and controversial issues of sexual identity surveys of Whitman's international impact as well as an assessment of his literary legacy. Useful for students, researchers, librarians, teachers, and Whitman devotees, this volume features extensive cross-references, numerous photographs of the poet, a chronology, a special appendix section tracking the poet's genealogy, and a thorough index. Each entry includes a bibliography for further study.

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitman

The Kummings volume contains essays written by nineteen college teachers and Whitman scholars. ... Katz, Sandra L. “A Reconsideration of Walt Whitman: A Teaching Approach. ... Approaches to Teaching Whitman's “Leaves of Grass.

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitman

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Walt Whitman presents a comprehensive resource complied by over 200 internationally recognized contributors, including such leading Whitman scholars as James E. Miller, Jr., Roger Asselineau, Betsy Erkkila, and Joel Myerson. Now available for the first time in paperback, this volume comprises more than 750 entries arranged in convenient alphabetical format. Coverage includes: biographical information: all names, dates, places, and events important to understanding Whitman's life and career Whitman's works: essays on all eight editions of "Leaves of Grass," major poems and poem clusters, principal essays and prose works, as well as his more than two dozen short stories and the novel, Franklin Evans prominent themes and concepts: essays on such major topics as democracy, slavery, the Civil War, immortality, sexuality, and the women's rights movement. significant forms and techniques: such as prosody, symbolism, free verse, and humour important trends and critical approaches in Whitman studies: including new historicist and cultural criticism, psychological explorations, and controversial issues of sexual identity surveys of Whitman's international impact as well as an assessment of his literary legacy. Useful for students, researchers, librarians, teachers, and Whitman devotees, this volume features extensive cross-references, numerous photographs of the poet, a chronology, a special appendix section tracking the poet's genealogy, and a thorough index. Each entry includes a bibliography for further study.

Leaves of Grass

His work on Whitman includes four books: Walt Whitman, 1940–1975: A Reference Guide; Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass; Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia (with J. R. LeMaster); and A Companion to Walt Whitman.

Leaves of Grass

Contains seventeen essays by pre-eminent scholars representing a variety of critical perspectives that focus on Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass". This book features contributors who treat Whitman's poetry, his biography, his politics, his reception in the United States and abroad, race and ethnic issues, and nineteenth-century America.

A Political Companion to Walt Whitman

Betsy Erkkila, “'Song of Myself' and the Politics of the Body Erotic,” in Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass, ed. Donald D. Kummings (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1990), 57. 11.

A Political Companion to Walt Whitman

The works of Walt Whitman have been described as masculine, feminine, postcolonial, homoerotic, urban, organic, unique, and democratic, yet arguments about the extent to which Whitman could or should be considered a political poet have yet to be fully confronted. Some scholars disregard Whitman's understanding of democracy, insisting on separating his personal works from his political works. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman is the first full-length exploration of Whitman's works through the lens of political theory. Editor John E. Seery and a collection of prominent theorists and philosophers uncover the political awareness of Whitman's poetry and prose, analyzing his faith in the potential of individuals, his call for a revolution in literature and political culture, and his belief in the possibility of combining heroic individualism with democratic justice. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman reaches beyond literature into political theory, revealing the ideology behind Whitman's call for the emergence of American poets of democracy.

Walt Whitman

“'Strong Is Your Hold:' My Encounters with Whitman,” Leaves of Grass, The Sesquicentennial Essays. ... “The Disseminal Whitman: A Deconstructive Approach to Enfans of Adam and Calamus,” Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

Walt Whitman


Education in the United States

Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass , edited by Donald D. Kummings , pul by the Modern Language Association of America , 1990 . Armiño Mauro , Prólogo a la edición española de « Canto de Mi Mismo » , Ed . Edaf , Madrid ...

Education in the United States


A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman

Folsom, Ed., Walt Whitman's Native Representations. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994. , ed. ... Fone, Byrne, Masculine Landscapes: Walt Whitman and the Homoerotic Text. ... Approaches to Teaching Whitman's “Leaves of Grass.

A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman

Few authors are so well suited to historical study as Whitman, who is widely considered America's greatest poet. This Guide combines contemporary cultural studies and historical scholarship to illuminate Whitman's diverse contexts. The essays explore dimensions of Whitman's dynamic relationship to working-class politics, race and slavery, sexual mores, the visual arts, and the idea of democracy. The poet who emerges from this volume is no "solitary singer," distanced from his culture, but what he himself called "the age transfigured," fully enmeshed in his times and addressing issues that are still vital today.

Whitman s Queer Children

With Whitman at the foundation, the tradition of American national poetry, MacPhail proposes, is based upon a breaking ... Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass (New York: MLA, 1990), and Michael Moon's Disseminating Whitman: ...

Whitman s Queer Children

Davies examines the work of four of the most important twentieth-century poets who have explored the epic tradition. Some of the poems display an explicit concern with ideas of American nationhood, while others emulate the formal ambitions and encyclopaedic scope of the epic poem. The study undertakes extensive close readings of Hart Crane's The Bridge (1930), Allen Ginsberg's “Howl” (1956) and The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-71 (1972), James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover (1982), and John Ashbery's Flow Chart (1991). Although not primarily an account of a Whitmanian lineage, this book considers Whitman's renegotiation of the dialectic between the public and the private as a context for the project of the homosexual epic, arguing for the existence of a genealogy of epic poems that rethink the relationship between these two spheres. If, as Bakhtin suggests, the job of epic is to “accomplish the task of cultural, national, and political centralization of the verbal-ideological world,” the idea of the “homosexual epic” fundamentally problematizes the traditional aims of the genre.

The Whitman Revolution

On Tobey's refusal to circulate a lecture in defense of Leaves of Grass that lay preacher George Chainey published in his weekly ... Doris Sommer, “The Bard of Both Americas,” in Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass, ed.

The Whitman Revolution

The Whitman Revolution brings together a rich collection of Betsy Erkkila's phenomenally influential essays that have been published over the years, along with two powerful new essays. Highlights of this collection include Erkkila's essays on pairings such as Marx and Whitman, Dickinson and Whitman, and Melville and Whitman. Across the volume, she demonstrates an international vision that highlights the place of Leaves of Grass within a global struggle for democracy. The Whitman Revolution is evidence of Erkkila's remarkable ability to lead critical discussions, and marks an exciting event in Whitman studies.

Walt Whitman s Songs of Male Intimacy and Love

Walt Whitman Review 25 (June 1979): 59–66. ———. “The Disseminal Whitman: A Deconstructive Approach to 'Enfans d'Adam' and 'Calamus.'” In Approaches to Teaching Whitman's “Leaves of Grass”, ed. Donald Kummings. New York: Modern Language ...

Walt Whitman s Songs of Male Intimacy and Love

In his 1859 “Live Oak, with Moss,” Walt Whitman’s unpublished sheaf of twelve poems on manly passion, the poet dreams of a city where men who love men can live and love openly. The revised “Live Oak, with Moss” poems became “Calamus,” Whitman’s cluster of poems on “adhesive” and manly love, comradeship, and democracy, in Leaves of Grass. Commemorating both the first publication of the “Calamus” poems and the little-known manuscript of notebook poems out of which the “Calamus” cluster grew, Whitman scholar Betsy Erkkila brings together in a single edition for the first time the “Live Oak, with Moss” poems, the 1860 “Calamus” poems, and the final 1881 “Calamus” poems. In addition to honoring the sesquicentennial of the “Calamus” cluster, she celebrates the ongoing legacy of Whitman’s songs of manly passion, sex, and love. The volume begins with Whitman’s elegantly handwritten manuscript of the “Live Oak, with Moss” poems, printed side by side with a typeset transcription and followed by a facsimile of the 1860 version of the “Calamus” poems. The concluding section reprints the final version of the “Calamus” poems from the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass. In an afterword, Erkkila discusses the radical nature of these poems in literary, sexual, and social history; the changes Whitman made in the “Live Oak” and “Calamus” poems in the post–Civil War and Reconstruction years; the literary, political, and other contests surrounding the poems; and the constitutive role the poems have played in the emergence of modern heterosexual and homosexual identity in the United States and worldwide. The volume closes with a selected bibliography of works that have contributed to the critical and interpretive struggles around Whitman’s man-loving life. One hundred and fifty years after Whitman’s brave decision to speak publicly about a fully realized democracy, his country is still locked in a struggle over the rights of homosexuals. These public battles have been at the very center of controversies over the life, work, and legacy of Walt Whitman, America’s (and the world’s) major poet of democracy and its major singer of what he called “manly love” in all its moods. Together the poems in this omnibus volume affirm his creation of a radical new language designed to convey and affirm the poet’s man love.

Walt Whitman and Nineteenth Century Women Reformers

Walt Whitman: Here and Now. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1985. Kummings, Donald D., ed. Approaches to Teaching Whitman's “Leaves of Grass. ” New York: Modern Language Association, 1990. Leonard, David Charles.

Walt Whitman and Nineteenth Century Women Reformers

An interesting academic study of the influence of certain 19th-century women reformers on Walt Whitman, as evidenced by his poetry, prose, and correspondence.

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

I write of Whitman's concept of women in American democracy in the MLA Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass ( 1990 ) . Though these approaches have opened Leaves to us in a new way , one important aspect remains untreated ...

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review


Post Jungian Criticism

."A Jungian Approach to the Self in Major Whitman Poems." Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Ed. Donald D. Kum- mings. New York: MLA, 1990. 81-89. . "Myth and Ceremony in Contemporary North American Native Fiction.

Post Jungian Criticism

Rereads Jung in light of contemporary theoretical concerns, and offers a variety of examples of post-Jungian literary and cultural criticism.

Transcendental Wordplay

See James Olney, The Languages of Poetry: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, G. M. Hopkins (Athens: University of Georgia Press, ... see Peter S. Chazotte's similar formulation in An Essay on the Best Method of Teaching Foreign Languages; ...

Transcendental Wordplay

Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, America was captivated by a muddled notion of "etymology." New England Transcendentalism was only one outcropping of a nationwide movement in which schoolmasters across small-town America taught students the roots of words in ways that dramatized religious issues and sparked wordplay. Shaped by this ferment, our major romantic authors shared the sensibility that Friedrich Schlegel linked to punning and christened "romantic irony." Notable punsters or etymologists all, they gleefully set up as sages, creating jocular masterpieces from their zest for oracular wordplay. Their search for a primal language lurking beneath all natural languages provided them with something like a secret language that encodes their meanings. To fathom their essentially comic masterpieces we must decipher it. Interpreting Thoreau as an ironic moralist, satirist, and social critic rather than a nature-loving mystic, Transcendental Wordplay suggests that the major American Romantics shared a surprising conservatism. In this award-winning study, Professor West rescues the pun from critical contempt and allows readers to enjoy it as a serious form of American humor.

A study guide for American Literature to 1900

Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass. New York: Modern Language Association, 1990. —, ed. A Companion to Walt Whitman. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006. Lawson, Andrew. Walt Whitman and the Class Struggle. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, ...

A study guide for American Literature to 1900

Esta guía esta pensada para utilizarse conjuntamente con el libro American literature to 1900 de la misma autora y editado por la misma editorial. Ofrece los siguientes recursos adicionales como un extenso material complementario que ayuda y guía al alumno a lo largo de las 24 unidades, una colección de veinte ejemplos de exámenes y un glosario con una lista de los términos más importantes de la literatura en general y de la literatura americana en particular.

Walt Whitman

(LG 57) —Betsy Erkkila, “'Song of Myself' and the Politics of the Body Erotic,” in Approaches to Teaching Whitman's Leaves of Grass (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1990): pp. 56–58. MICHAEL D. REED ON CATALOGING AND ...

Walt Whitman

Presents a critical analysis of some of the works of Walt Whitman including a short biography.