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Author Pollak, Vivian R.
Title The erotic Whitman / Vivian R. Pollak.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, [2000]

Author Pollak, Vivian R.
Subject Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892.
Homosexuality and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Erotic poetry, American -- History and criticism.
Male homosexuality in literature.
Sex in literature.
Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 261 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-244) and index.
Summary In this provocative analysis of Whitman's exemplary quest for happiness, Vivian Pollak skillfully explores the intimate relationships that contributed to his portrayal of masculinity in crisis. She maintains that in representing himself as a characteristic nineteenth-century American and in proposing to heal national ills, Whitman was trying to temper his own inner conflicts as well.
Contents Preliminaries; Contents; Acknowledgments; Citation Note; Preface; 1. The Erotics of Youth; 2. Why Whitman Gave Up Fiction; 3. Interleaf: From Walter to Walt; 4. Faith in Sex: Leaves of Grass in 1855Đ56; 5. The Politics of Love in the 1860 Leaves of Grass; 6. Whitman Unperturbed: The Civil War and After; 7. ÒIn Loftiest SpheresÓ: WhitmanÕs Visionary Feminism; Notes; Index.
Note English.
Print version record.
ISBN 9780520924307 (electronic bk.)
0520924304 (electronic bk.)
0585390266 (electronic bk.)
9780585390260 (electronic bk.)
0520221893 (alk. paper)
9780520221895 (alk. paper)
0520221907 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780520221901 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
1597346039 (electronic bk.)
9781597346030 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 49570141
Additional Format Print version: Pollak, Vivian R. Erotic Whitman. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2000 0520221893 (DLC) 00022229 (OCoLC)43403469

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