Reconsidering Longfellow by Christoph IrmscherReconsidering Longfellow by Christoph Irmscher

Reconsidering Longfellow

EditorChristoph Irmscher, Robert ArbourContribution byMatthew Gartner

Paperback | October 16, 2015

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Reconsidering Longfellow is the first collection of scholarly essays in several decades devoted entirely to the work and afterlife of the most popular and widely read writer in American literature. The essays, written by a new generation of Longfellow scholars, cover the entire range of Longfellow's work, from the early poetry to the wildly successful epics of his middle period (Evangeline, The Song of Hiawatha) to his Chaucerian collection of stories published after the Civil War, Tales of a Wayside Inn. Separate contributions discuss Longfellow's financial dealings, his preoccupation with his children, and his interest in the visual arts, as well as the tremendous role his poetry did and will once again play in American literature classrooms in the U.S. All essays were written specifically for the volume. Many of them rely on unpublished archival sources from the Longfellow collections at the Longfellow House-George Washington National Historic Site and at Houghton Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Christoph Irmscher is provost professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington. Robert Arbour is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington.
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Title:Reconsidering LongfellowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9.16 × 5.93 × 0.6 inPublished:October 16, 2015Publisher:Fairleigh Dickinson University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ContentsAcknowledgments Note on Quotations Introduction Christoph Irmscher 1. Longfellow's Conversations: Weltliteratur as Aesthetic in the Early PoetryAndrew C. Higgins 2. Feeling, Controlling, and Transcending: The Negotiation of Sentiment in Longfellow, Poe, and Whitman Lloyd Willis 3. "A Love of Heaven and Virtue": Why Longfellow Sentimentalizes DeathMonica Pelaez 4. The Song of Hiawatha and the Ruins of American LiteratureJames McDougall 5. The Sounds of Narrative in Longfellow's EvangelineLauren Simek 6. Westwärts! Westwärts!Christoph Irmscher 7. The Cultural Career of Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride"Matthew Gartner 8. Figures Other Than Figures of Speech: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Pursuit of Financial Success Rob Velella 9. "Not from the Grand Old Masters": The Art of Henry and Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Robert Arbour 10. Conversing with Longfellow: Democratizing the American Literature CurriculumLauren Gatti Select Bibliography Contributors Index

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He just won't go away! Despite efforts in the first half of the twentieth century to expunge Longfellow from the canon and in the second half to forget him altogether, he survives - not on the fringes of cultural history but, as this ground-breaking work in the emerging field of Longfellow Studies makes clear, as far too interesting and multi-faceted to ignore. Longfellow Reconsidered gives us a writer and educator much more complex than the dusty Schoolroom Poet of yesteryear: he rivals Whitman in the intensity of his nationalism, while at the same time being the most cosmopolitan American poet of his age. Congratulations to Christoph Irmscher and Robert Arbour for assembling this eye-opening collection.