AMERICAN LIT. lect. notes

AMERICAN LIT. lect. notes - AMERICAN LITERATURE Jan 4 th...

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AMERICAN LITERATURE Jan 4 th Idea of America-idealogical figure (not a country. Hemispheric region) *American exceptionalism-what makes it so diff. from Canada and Mexico National identity-what is an American? Capitalism-prophet>amoral Individuality leave society to itself after little society for himself-private domestic sphere Easier to have identity through consumption ^^^mass produced, easier to get Winswers Economic-religious-Arabella speech-trying to create community Metaphors Assignment from God to find America. Movement to New World, release of Jews from Egypt(biblical) God puritism-radicalism Jan 6 th 2010 Whitman – worked as printer and editor His Mid 30s self publishes leaves of grass. 95 pages of poems, he keeps adding through his lifetime until it’s 400 pages. Mid 19 th century: without national lit. lit from before 19 th , too much like European novels. Whitman tries to write American, free democrate. Free people and expand land. Very much a man of his time. Futurity, saw nation as incomplete and always in process of expansion—Whitman. He also saw its exceptionalism. Investment in literary expansion.-Whitman He sees Christianity and politicians at the time oppressive and not to his taste. Representative American (Whitman) gay- New Yorker
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In class read: Line 2 of poem 327-329 346 401 1326 Philosophical and political when trying to represent Representation is a frist question of esthetic: represent what is not in actuality How will you make something appear? Fuses text and identity. Tries to put himself in the poem. American identity in a language elastic enough to show promise to country. He will speak for other people. Through leaves of grass tries to change it into a national identity. Song of myself in 1856 edition poem of walt Whitman an American Later walt Whitman And then changed He is at odds with his medium. Challenges systems of thoughts of suppression of sex and homosexuals Masculine virtue without excluding non masculine sources of pleasure Radical and revolutionary in his poem any time before 1850—free verse(replaces all with long line, highly rhythmical) he called this poetry of the body-direct physical expression Formal –whole organic, repetition and anaphora(repetition at the beginning of the line), rhythmical prose, long lists, grow out of content of the poem without being imposed with certain forms of poetry. Democratic and epic Because free verse and epic because long lines is beyond lung capacity, long breath.
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He is trying to unify the nation-1855 even though it’s breaking apart. Does so by writing about interconnection for society, takes place in public world of the city. Wants to unite through words. Fear of separation is there at the time even though civil war is much later. INDIVIDUALISM
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