Poetry and Public Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America

  • Authors
  • Shira Wolosky

Part of the Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters book series (19CMLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Shira Wolosky
    Pages 1-13
  3. Shira Wolosky
    Pages 15-30
  4. Shira Wolosky
    Pages 31-44
  5. Shira Wolosky
    Pages 45-65
  6. Shira Wolosky
    Pages 97-112
  7. Shira Wolosky
    Pages 113-124
  8. Shira Wolosky
    Pages 125-137
  9. Shira Wolosky
    Pages 139-152
  10. Shira Wolosky
    Pages 153-162
  11. Shira Wolosky
    Pages 163-173
  12. Shira Wolosky
    Pages 175-199
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 211-254

About this book


Poetry and Public Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America explores nineteenth-century poetry as it addresses and engages in the major concerns of American cultural life. Focusing on gender, biblical politics, Revolutionary discourses and racial, sectional, and religious identities, this book reveals how these issues contended and negotiated with each other in the shaping of a pluralist democratic polity. Nineteenth-century American poetry, far from being the self-reflective art object of twentieth-century aesthetic theory, offered a rhetorical arena in which civic, economic, and religious trends intersected with each other in mutual definition and investigation. With a deft hand, Shira Wolosky demonstrates the ways in which poetry was a core impulse in the formation of American identity and cultural definition.

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