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The Resource "The disenthralled hosts of freedom" : party prophecy in the antebellum editions of Leaves of grass, David Grant

"The disenthralled hosts of freedom" : party prophecy in the antebellum editions of Leaves of grass, David Grant

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"The disenthralled hosts of freedom" : party prophecy in the antebellum editions of Leaves of grass
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"The disenthralled hosts of freedom"
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party prophecy in the antebellum editions of Leaves of grass
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David Grant
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eng
Summary
"Whitman wrote three distinct editions of Leaves of Grass before the civil war. During those years he was passionately committed to party anti-slavery, and his unpublished tract The Eighteenth Presidency shows that he was fully attuned to the kind of rhetoric coming out of the new Republican party. This study explores how the prophecies of the pre-war Leaves of Grass relate to the prophecy of this new party. It seeks not only to ground Whitman's work in that context but also to bring out features of party discourse that make it relevant to literary and cultural studies, not just to history or political science. Anti-slavery party discourse set itself the task of curing an ailing people who had grown compliant, inert, complacent, and numbed; it fashioned a complete fictional world where the people could be reactivated into assuming their true role in the republic. Both as a cause and a result of this rejuvenation, they would come into their own and spread their energies over the land and over the body politic, thereby rescuing their country, at the last minute, from what would otherwise be the permanent dominion of slavery. Party discourse had long hinged its success on such magical transformations of the people individually and collectively, and the anti-slavery cause therefore found the language of party a useful vehicle to express its narrative of national salvation. Whitman's celebrations of his nation's potential need to be seen in this context: like his party, he calls on the people to reject their own subordination and take command of the future. Through the speaker's complex meditations on and addresses to Americans, Leaves of Grass summons up the various powers that have lain dormant in the citizenry, confident that the people will channel them so as to redeem themselves as they also redeem the nation"--
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1959 December 6-
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Grant, David
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Iowa Whitman series
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  • Whitman, Walt
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Politics and literature
  • Literature and society
  • Political parties in literature
  • Antislavery movements in literature
  • Antislavery movements in literature
  • Literature
  • Literature and society
  • Political and social views
  • Political parties in literature
  • Politics and literature
  • United States
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"The disenthralled hosts of freedom" : party prophecy in the antebellum editions of Leaves of grass, David Grant
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
How the national bard could be a partisan hack : the party anti-partyism of The eighteenth presidency -- The sovereignty of labor in party discourse and Leaves of grass -- The revolution, party anti-slavery typology, and the 1856 Leaves of grass -- "Poem of the road" and the party trope of thronging -- "Calamus" as an answer to the Union-savers
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1182019396
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 251 pages
Isbn
9781609387525
Lccn
2020029265
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1182019396
Label
"The disenthralled hosts of freedom" : party prophecy in the antebellum editions of Leaves of grass, David Grant
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How the national bard could be a partisan hack : the party anti-partyism of The eighteenth presidency -- The sovereignty of labor in party discourse and Leaves of grass -- The revolution, party anti-slavery typology, and the 1856 Leaves of grass -- "Poem of the road" and the party trope of thronging -- "Calamus" as an answer to the Union-savers
Control code
1182019396
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 251 pages
Isbn
9781609387525
Lccn
2020029265
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1182019396

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