The Resource The politics of distinction : Whitman and the discourses of nineteenth-century America, Christopher Beach

The politics of distinction : Whitman and the discourses of nineteenth-century America, Christopher Beach

Label
The politics of distinction : Whitman and the discourses of nineteenth-century America
Title
The politics of distinction
Title remainder
Whitman and the discourses of nineteenth-century America
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Beach
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Positing a phenomenon he calls Whitman's "logic of distinction," Beach shows how the poet differentiated his work from previous literary models while, at the same time, he sought to portray daily life and the concerns of the common people in an idiomatic, rather than a high-minded literary manner. Beach focuses on two basic levels of discourse that alternate in Whitman's poems: the sociolect, or his society's communal discourse on a subject, and the idiolect, or Whitman's own distinctive and highly adaptive appropriation and expression of these sociolects. In successive chapters, Beach draws on the sociological work of Pierre Bourdieu and Thorstein Veblen to place Leaves of Grass within the context of its mid-nineteenth-century literary and cultural environment, examines the intertextual and social contexts of Whitman's relationship to race and slavery as worked out both in his poems and particular prose writings, reads Whitman's New York as a site of Bakhtinian heteroglossia, and views Whitman's unique and complex interaction with discourses of the body in the context of relevant work by Barthes and Bourdieu. Throughout, Beach acknowledges the poems' inherent, ultimately inexplicable beauty and timelessness by recognizing both the limitations of a cultural and historical explanation of Whitman's poetry and by showing the poems' own unique idiolectic relationship to normative rules of grammar, meaning, and verbal combination
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Beach, Christopher
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3242.A54
LC item number
B43 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Politics and literature
  • Literature and society
  • Poetics
  • Discourse analysis, Literary
  • Intertextuality
  • Idiolekt
  • Literatur
  • Politik
  • Soziolekt
  • Civilization
  • Discourse analysis, Literary
  • Intertextuality
  • Literature and society
  • Poetics
  • Politics and literature
  • United States
  • USA <Motiv>
  • United States
Label
The politics of distinction : Whitman and the discourses of nineteenth-century America, Christopher Beach
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p.205-211) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The logic of distinction -- Intertextuality and the poetics of distinction -- The invisible discourse : slavery and subjectivity in Leaves of grass -- The aesthetics of "indifference" : Whitman and the American city -- Figuring the body in leaves : Whitman and the discourse of corporeality
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 217 pages
Isbn
9780820318349
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95043303
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33441568
  • (OCoLC)ocm33441568
Label
The politics of distinction : Whitman and the discourses of nineteenth-century America, Christopher Beach
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p.205-211) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The logic of distinction -- Intertextuality and the poetics of distinction -- The invisible discourse : slavery and subjectivity in Leaves of grass -- The aesthetics of "indifference" : Whitman and the American city -- Figuring the body in leaves : Whitman and the discourse of corporeality
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 217 pages
Isbn
9780820318349
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95043303
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33441568
  • (OCoLC)ocm33441568

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