Following the release of our Fall 2010 catalog, the University Press of Kentucky would like to introduce you to our upcoming titles. Over the next few weeks, we’ll spotlight one new title every day or so. We’ll give you all the information so you can start adding titles to your wishlist.
Coming January 2011:
A Political Companion to Walt Whitman
Edited by John Seery
The works of Walt Whitman (1819-1892) have been described as masculine, feminine, postcolonial, homoerotic, urban, organic, unique, and democratic, yet arguments about the extent to which Whitman could or should be considered a political poet have yet to be fully confronted. Some scholars disregard Whitman’s understanding of democracy, insisting on separating his personal works from his political works.
A Political Companion to Walt Whitman is the first fulllength exploration of Whitman’s works through the lens of political theory. Editor John E. Seery and a collection of prominent theorists and philosophers uncover the political awareness of Whitman’s poetry and prose, analyzing his faith in the potential of individuals, his call for a revolution in literature and political culture, and his belief in the possibility of combining heroic individualism with democratic justice. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman reaches beyond literature into political theory, revealing the ideology behind Whitman’s call for the emergence of American poets of democracy.
About the Author
John E. Seery, professor of politics at Pomona College, is the author of America Goes to College: Political Theory for the Liberal Arts and Political Theory for Mortals: Shades of Justice, Images of Death, as well as coeditor of The Politics of Irony: Essays in Self-Betrayal. He lives in Claremont, California.
“Whitman is indeed one of the great theorists of democracy, but is not often taught as part of the canon of American political thought, an oversight that this volume goes far to remedy.” -George Shulman, author of American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Political Culture