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Whitman, Motherhood, and the Ideal Nation

My final project examines Whitman’s ideal of motherhood in relationship to his desire to create the ideal nation. I propose that women to Whitman were necessary tools in his creation of the ideal nation.   Influenced by early eugenic thinkers, Whitman needed women to fulfill his dream of creating a perfect nation of physically fit and […]

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Bibliographic Essay 2

Bibliographic Essay The following essay examines Walt Whitman’s criticism from 1973-2004 in relation to motherhood, feminism, and the woman reader.  Four articles discuss Whitman’s relationship to his mother.  Six articles debate if Whitman’s poetry reveal feminist support.  Two articles discuss Whitman’s relationship with the woman reader.  Through this, one can view the ambivalence surrounding Walt […]

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Bibliographic Essay

I don’t think that Iever submitted this … The attached represents the beginning of my search for evidence supporting/disproving Whitman’s support of the women’s rights movement. My conclusion…I need more information!bib essay

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Reproductive Rights

My journey through the nineteenth century has led me to reflect on Whitman’s view of motherhood and a woman’s right to parenthood.  The nineteenth century woman’s movement  advocated for “voluntary motherhood” which would allow a woman the decision to become a mother.  Although morally opposed to contraception, feminists in the nineteenth century believed in a […]

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Whitman, Motherhood, and Tight-Lacing

Whitman’s admiration for mothers was inspired by the love that he had for his own mother.  This loves manifests itself in Whitman’s poetry especially in “As at thy Portals Also Death” in which Whitman seeks to immortalize himself and his mother through poetry. “As at Thy Portals Also Death” As at thy portals also death, […]

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Women in Whitman

From Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, Sherry Ceniza questions Whitman’s representation of women in his poetry.  Overall she presents a favorable opinion of his treatment of women.  Aside from his focus on women as domestic rather than working outside the home and their portrayal as “dutiful wives” in “A Woman Waits for Me” and “I Sing […]

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politics in art

In response to Erkkila’s article, “Whitman in Politics” I must admit that I questioned my own beliefs regarding the mixing of politics and art.  I came to the conclusion that indeed art has a duty to discuss and question the politics of a nation.  If the educated, thoughtful, and creative artists are not challenging and […]

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Walt’s Gang

Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a kosmos, Disorderly fleshy and sensual….eating drinking and breeding, No sentimentalist….no stander above men and women or apart from them….no more modest than immodest. I chose to focus on Walt Whitman as a “rough”/ a “rowdy”. Reynolds defines them as, “a distinct class of gang members and […]

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Song of Leigh-Ann

I am he that walks with the tender and growing night; I call to the earth and sea half held by the night. Press close barebosomed night! Press close magnetic nourishing night! Night of south winds!Night of the large few stars! Still nodding night~ Mad naked summer night! Although I was torn between these lines […]

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