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How to Teach Walt Whitman in the 21st Century (NeMLA 51st Annual Convention)

Boston, Massachusetts
Organization: NeMLA
Event: NeMLA 51st Annual Convention
Categories: American, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Pedagogy, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2020-03-05 to 2020-03-08 Abstract Due: 2019-09-30

Over two hundred years after his birth, Whitman still has influence in the poetry world. Whitman had a profound effect on American writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau as well as international writers such as Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. The focus of this roundtable is on Whitman’s influence and his positivism. What are the most effective ways to present the wisdom of Whitman to students? Why should professors continue to teach poets such as Whitman? 

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Annette M. Magid