Walt Whitman: Poet of Democracy

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Event date: Friday, February 11, 12:00 PM

Join us for a virtual conversation featuring UVA professors Mark Edmundson and Jahan Ramazani, as they discuss Edmundson’s new book, Song of Ourselves: Walt Whitman and the Fight for Democracy, exploring Whitman’s shaping of democratic identity and culture.


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Mark Edmundson is University Professor and Professor of English at UVA. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including the book to be discussed at the event, Song of Ourselves: Walt Whitman and the Fight for Democracy, and Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals.

Jahan Ramazani is University Professor and Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Poetry in a Global Age (2020); Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres (2014); A Transnational Poetics (2009), winner of the Harry Levin Prize of the ACLA for the best book in comparative literary history; The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English (2001); Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney (1994), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Yeats and the Poetry of Death: Elegy, Self-Elegy, and the Sublime (1990). He is the editor of “Poetry and Race,” a special of New Literary History (2019), and of The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry (2017); a co-editor of the most recent editions of The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry (2003) and The Norton Anthology of English Literature (2006, 2012, 2018); and an associate editor of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012). Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016, he is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH Fellowship, a Rhodes Scholarship, the William Riley Parker Prize of the MLA, and the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University of Virginia’s highest honor.