Untimely Verse: Distressed Publishing and Exemplary Circulation in Antebellum America
Eckstrom, D. Leif.
Abstract: Untimely Verse treats Phillis Wheatley, Rufus Griswold, Edgar Allan Poe, and Walt Whitman as major authors, but it takes a narrower interest in recovering how their work circulated, as material texts and as a developing set of ideas about American poetry and authorship within antebellum periodical and book formats. Thematically, the dissertation is organized around issues of print ... read moretemporality and the project of reading the contemporary practice of American verse as an at once historical and yet-still-emergent category of poetry. It traces how Wheatley, Poe, and Whitman developed and reflected a growing interest in exemplary and untimely circulation in antebellum America, while the labors of the indefatigable anthology czar, Rufus Griswold, came to embody the all-too-timely values of an American poetry written and published for its day, eventuating in the twentieth-century notion of an obsolete poetry synonymous with a graveyard of forgettable and largely forgotten poets.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Tufts University, 2018.
Submitted to the Dept. of English.
Advisor: Virginia Jackson.
Committee: Meredith McGill, Radiclani Clytus, Joseph Litvak, and Nathan Wolff.
Keywords: American literature, African American studies, and American studies.read less