Author: Mark B Feldman
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."
How to Cite: 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). doi: https://doi.org/10.13008/2153-3695.1781