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Author Mack, Stephen John, 1952-
Title The pragmatic Whitman : reimagining American democracy / Stephen John Mack.
Imprint Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [2002]
©2002

Series Iowa Whitman series
Iowa Whitman series.
Subject Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Political and social views.
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Knowledge -- United States.
Political poetry, American -- History and criticism.
Patriotic poetry, American -- History and criticism.
Democracy in literature.
United States -- In literature.
Description 1 online resource (xxii, 182 pages).
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-178) and index.
Contents Part I The metaphysics of democracy: Leaves of Grass, 1855-1856 -- "My voice goes aftr what my eyes can't reach : pragmatic language and the making of a democratic mythology -- "What is less or more than a touch?": sensory experience and the democratic self -- "The simple, cmpact well-join'd scheme": Whitman's democratic cosmos -- "Not chaos or death ... it is form and union and plan": Laissez-faire and the problem of agency -- Part II Crises and Revisions: "Sea-drift," "Calamus," Drum-taps, and sequel to drum-taps, 1859-1867 -- "The most perfect pilot": the problem of desire and the struggle for poetric agency -- "To learn from the crises of anguish": tragedy, history and the meaning of democratic mourning -- Part III Prophet of democracy: democratic vistas, 1871-- "the divine literature comes": religion and poetry in the cultication of democratic selfhood -- conclusion: toward an organic democracy.
Summary In this surprisingly timely book, Stephen Mack examines Whitman's particular and fascinating brand of patriotism: his far-reaching vision of democracy. For Whitman, loyalty to America was loyalty to democracy. Since the idea that democracy is not just a political process but a social and cultural process as well is associated with American pragmatism, Mack relies on the pragmatic tradition of Emerson, James, Dewey, Mead, and Rorty to demonstrate the ways in which Whitman resides in this tradition. Mack analyzes Whitman's democratic vision both in its parts and as a whole; he also describ.
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ISBN 1587294249 (electronic bk.)
9781587294242 (electronic bk.)
0877458227 (alk. paper)
9780877458227 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 56109580
Additional Format Print version: Mack, Stephen John, 1952- Pragmatic Whitman. Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©2002 0877458227 (DLC) 2002021137 (OCoLC)49386053