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Walt Whitmans Reconstruction: Poetry and Publishing Between Memory and History Martin T. Buinicki

Walt Whitmans Reconstruction: Poetry and Publishing Between Memory and History

Martin T. Buinicki

Published January 1st 2011
ISBN : 9781609380700
Hardcover
187 pages
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aFor Walt Whitman, living and working in Washington, D.C., after the Civil War, Reconstruction meant not only navigating these tumultuous years alongside his fellow citizens but also coming to terms with his own memories of the war. Just as the workMoreaFor Walt Whitman, living and working in Washington, D.C., after the Civil War, Reconstruction meant not only navigating these tumultuous years alongside his fellow citizens but also coming to terms with his own memories of the war. Just as the work of national reconstruction would continue long past its official end in 1877, WhitmanOCOs own reconstruction would continue throughout the remainder of his life as he worked to revise his poetic projectOCoand his public imageOCoto incorporate the disasters that had befallen the Union. In this innovative and insightful analysis of the considerable poetic and personal reimagining that is the hallmark of these postwar years, Martin Buinicki reveals the ways that Whitman reconstructed and read the war.aThe Reconstruction years would see Whitman transformed from newspaper editor and staff journalist to celebrity contributor and nationally recognized public lecturer, a transformation driven as much by material developments in the nation as by his own professional and poetic ambitions while he expanded and cemented his place in the American literary landscape. Buinicki places WhitmanOCOs postwar periodical publications and business interests in context, closely examining his OC By the RoadsideOCO cluster as well as Memoranda During the War and Specimen Days as part of his larger project of personal and artistic reintegration. He traces WhitmanOCOs shifting views of Ulysses S. Grant as yet another way to understand the poetOCOs postwar life and profession and reveals the emergence of Whitman the public historian at the end of Reconstruction.aWhitmanOCOs personal reconstruction was political, poetic, and public, and his prose writings, like his poetry, formed a major part of the postwar figure that he presented to the nation. Looking at the poetOCOs efforts to absorb the war into his own reconstruction narrative, Martin Buinicki provides striking new insights into the evolution of WhitmanOCOs views and writings.a