By Peter B. High
A survey of the English prose, poetry and drama of the U.S. from Colonial instances to the1980s.
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His interaction with the tree leads him to “know the virtue thereof passes from them into me. (Or maybe we interchange—may-be the trees are more aware of it all than I You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press. S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. Whitman’s Natural History 37 ever thought)” (808–9). Active association with the things of the natural world results in a more elevated form of experience, but it also leads to the realization that his awareness of the real world, even in such moments of heightened perception, barely scratches the surface: “I often realize a presence here—in clear moods I am certain of it, and neither chemistry nor reasoning nor esthetics will give the least explanation” (809).
For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. 32 Chapter 2 who can aspire to the sensation of having “been there” through language that creates vivid tableaux, one senses that even Whitman is unsure about his ability to accomplish this. Re-created experience, however vivid, remains a counterfeit of the real thing. We can come close to the experience, but we can never actually share it without having been there. Whitman reserves the right to determine what constitutes reality, even though his stories often relate events at second hand.
These are also the subtext in The Decoration of Houses, and I bring those two texts into conversation with one another. (Wharton’s text also intersects at several points with Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Surely the Grangerford home is the antithesis of everything Wharton argues for in The Decoration of Houses. ) Commoditization of the self, the construction of an alternative identity, and the impact of material culture on the self also come together in chapter 5, “Dressing to Kill: Desire, Race, and Authenticity in Nella Lar- You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press.