The social lives of poems in nineteenth-century America / Michael C. Cohen.

By: Cohen, Michael C [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksMaterial texts: Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2015]Description: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780812291315; 081229131XAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Social lives of poems in nineteenth-century America.DDC classification: 811/.309355 LOC classification: PS316 | .C64 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Setting aside judgments of aesthetic merit, Cohen (UCLA) considers literary texts in terms of the social dynamics they catalyze as well as embody. He traces the circulatory power of the 19th-century American popular ballad in the formation of an American ethos, for this purpose construing the ballad genre to include a variety works that are--with the exception of Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain"--pedestrian and more common in their popular character than in their formal features. His subjects range from the inklings of a simply more sociable community fostered by the balladmongering of Yankee peddler-poetasters at the turn of the 19th century to the emergent new composite African American poetic culture--and, arguably, African Americanness itself--produced by racially contested minstrelsy and jubilee choruses. Along the way the author devotes extensive attention to the mobilizing zeal of John Greenleaf Whittier's abolitionist verse and looks at "contraband" slave songs leading up to and running throughout the Civil War and the straining during reconstruction for a recovered national mythos mediated by ballad anthologizing. Cohen examines these texts as material sites for the negotiation of cultural ownership and belonging, social identity and agency, literary and racial authenticity, and other sociological turns. An ingenious, well-developed study utilizing impressively illuminating archival sources. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. --Robert J. Cirasa, Kean University (retired)

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Michael C. Cohen teaches English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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