This course will examine Whitman's poetry and prose for the purpose of determining his unique contributions to the history of American political thought. The primary goal, though, is not to simply explore where and how successfully Whitman wrote about political subject matter but, instead, to ask and answer the much more difficult and rewarding question the formal choices and innovations he made as a poet had a political function regardless of content.
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The course will have weekly written responses that build up to students' completing a fully-developed and prospectus for an article-length paper on the tutorial's subject matter were one assigned.