Breaking Bounds

Breaking Bounds : Whitman and American Cultural Studies

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These new essays on Whitman by such scholars as Eve Sedgwick, Michael Moon, and Jonathan Arac reject the persistent tendency in Whitman studies to isolate his sexuality from his politics, and his poetry from both. The issue of his sexuality is instead brought into contact with a wide range of issues, from nationalism to race and gender, pointing to the interdisciplinary future of American literary and cultural study, and the growing influence of gay and lesbian studies.show more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162.1 x 235.2 x 24.9mm | 680.4g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones
  • 0195093496
  • 9780195093490

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Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies reinvigorates the study of Whitman and American culture by presenting essays that demonstrate Whitman's centrality to the widest range of social, political, literary, sexual, and cultural discourses of his time and ours. The volume assembles a distinguished group of cultural critics working in the fields of literature, American studies, Latin American studies, European studies, art history, and gay/lesbian/queer studies. Together they open new vistas in the ways we see Whitman and provide a model for the newest and brightest intellectual efforts associated with cultural studies. Central to the volume is breaking the bounds of decorum that have too long separated Whitman's sexuality from his politics, and his poetry from both. The Whitman that emerges from these collected essays is renewed for a new generation of readers seeking to define the places and the functions of his poetic words in the world. Breaking Bounds points to the interdisciplinary future of American literary and cultural studies and is essential reading for anyone interested in Whitman both inside and outside the academy.show more

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