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Remembering a Convulsive War: Whitman's Memoranda During the War and the Therapeutics of Display

Author: Mark B Feldman

  • Remembering a Convulsive War: Whitman's Memoranda During the War and the Therapeutics of Display

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    Remembering a Convulsive War: Whitman's Memoranda During the War and the Therapeutics of Display

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Argues that "the war of disunion and the subsequent dismembering of bodies . . . convulsed and stalled Whitman's poetics, which depended upon a series of metaphoric relations between body, nation, and text," and that through a series of "gruesome narrative displays, Whitman struggled to find a way to represent the war therapeutically," inventing in Memoranda "a representational form that would preserve the convulsiveness of the period."

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Feldman, M. B., (2005) “Remembering a Convulsive War: Whitman's Memoranda During the War and the Therapeutics of Display”, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 23(1/2), 1-25. doi: https://doi.org/10.13008/2153-3695.1781

Rights: Copyright © 2005 Mark B Feldman

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01 Jul 2005
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