\"- long as Ages steal!\": Millennial Whiteness, (Counter) Occasional Poetics, and Antinomian Allegory, 1861-1876

James Bassett
This dissertation critically interrogates intersections of millennialist nationalism, whiteness, and American poetry between the Civil War’s commencement in 1861 and Reconstruction’s collapse following the U.S. presidential election in 1876. Invoking Emily Dickinson’s spectral trope of the “Ourself behind ourself”, I present a revisionist account of the reception history of Leaves of Grass wherein I argue the twentieth-century monumentalization of Whitman’s free verse as a radical prosodic break has simultaneously disseminated an account of American democracy...
This data repository is not currently reporting usage information. For information on how your repository can submit usage information, please see our documentation.