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The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry

The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry


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Kerry Larson, Mary Louise Kete, Robert Dale Parker, Virginia Jackson, Stephen Cushman, Max Cavitch, Eliza Richards, Elizabeth Renker, Stephen Burt, Jessica Roberts, Jack Kerkering, Ivy Wilson, Donald Pease, Cristanne Miller
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  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521145800

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  • This Companion is the first critical collection of its kind devoted solely to American poetry of the nineteenth century. It covers a wide variety of authors, many of whom are currently being rediscovered. A number of anthologies in the recent past have been devoted to the verse of groups such as Native Americans, African-Americans and women. This volume offers essays covering these groups as well as more familiar figures such as Dickinson, Whitman, Longfellow and Melville. The contents are divided between broad topics of concern such as the poetry of the Civil War or the development of the 'poetess' role and articles featuring specific authors such as Edgar Allan Poe or Sarah Piatt. In the past two decades a growing body of scholarship has been engaged in reconceptualizing and re-evaluating this largely neglected area of study in US literary history - this Companion reflects and advances this spirit of revisionism.

    • The first collection of its kind to engage nineteenth-century American poetry
    • Covers previously neglected subjects such as Native American and Afro-American poetry, and previously neglected authors such as Piatt and Longfellow
    • Offers a synoptic view of the major trends in current scholarship
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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521145800
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Kerry Larson
    Part I. Mandates, Movements, and Manifestos:
    1. The reception of nineteenth-century American poetry Mary Louise Kete
    2. American Indian poetry in the nineteenth century Robert Dale Parker
    3. The poet as poetess Virginia Jackson
    4. Transcendental poetics Stephen Cushman
    5. Slavery and its metrics Max Cavitch
    6. Weathering the news in US Civil War poetry Eliza Richards
    7. The 'twilight of the poets' in the era of American realism, 1875–1900 Elizabeth Renker
    Part II. Individual Authors:
    8. Longfellow's ambivalence Stephen Burt
    9. Sarah Piatt's grammar of convention and the conditions of authorship Jessica Roberts
    10. Poe and Southern poetry Jack Kerkering
    11. The color line: James Monroe Whitfield and Albery Allson Whitman Ivy Wilson
    12. Colonial violence and poetic transcendence in Whitman's 'Song of Myself' Donald Pease
    13. Emily Dickinson's 'turban'd seas' Cristanne Miller
    Selected guide to further reading.

  • Editor

    Kerry Larson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Kerry Larson is professor of English at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Whitman's Drama of Consensus (1988) and Imagining Equality in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2008) as well as numerous articles.


    Kerry Larson, Mary Louise Kete, Robert Dale Parker, Virginia Jackson, Stephen Cushman, Max Cavitch, Eliza Richards, Elizabeth Renker, Stephen Burt, Jessica Roberts, Jack Kerkering, Ivy Wilson, Donald Pease, Cristanne Miller

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