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Walt Whitman, America’s Great Optimistic Writer

November 16, 2018
4:00 pm
- 5:15 pm

Dudley H. Davis Center
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Please note: This talk is part of our Fall Conference 2018. You must have registered for the conference to attend this event.

Huck Gutman and Mary Lou Kete discuss the ebb and flow of optimism in Walt Whitman, an optimist among American writers. Yet Whitman had a darker side, and an awareness of the history that constrained the nation, not least because a civil war would soon imperil the democracy he so deeply loved.

Led by: Mary Lou Kete, Professor of English, University of Vermont, and Huck Gutman, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Vermont


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