• Walt Whitmans Mystical Ethics Of Comradeship

Walt Whitmans Mystical Ethics Of Comradeship

Walt Whitmans Mystical Ethics Of Comradeship

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  • Author
    Juan A Hererro Brasas
  • Publisher
    Suny Press
  • Publication date
    24 March 2010

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Walt Whitmans Mystical Ethics Of Comradeship

  • Author

    Juan A Hererro Brasas

  • Date Published

    24 March 2010

  • Publisher

    Suny Press

  • Pages

    216 pages

  • ISBN

    9781438430126

Book Description

Recovers Walt Whitman as a self-conscious religious figure with an ethic based in male comradeship, one at odds with the temper of his times.

A giant of American letters, Walt Whitman is known both as a poet and, to a lesser extent, as a prophet of gay liberation. This revealing book recovers for today’s reader a lost Whitman, delving into the original context and intentions of his poetry and prose. As Juan A. Herrero Brasas shows, Whitman saw himself as a founder of a new religion. Indeed, disciples gathered around him: the “hot little prophets” as they came to be called by early biographers.

Whitman’s religion revolved around his concept of comradeship, an original alternative to the type of competitive masculinity emerging in the wake of industrialization and nineteenth-century capitalism. Shedding new light on the life and original message of a poet who warned future generation of treating him as a literary figure, Herrero Brasas concludes that Whitman was a moral reformer and grand theorist akin to other grand theorists of his day.

Juan A. Herrero Brasas teaches ethics and religious studies at California State University, Northridge. He is the author of several books in Spanish, including Primera plana: La construcción de una cultura queer en España (Front Page: The Construction of a Queer Culture in Spain).

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