Course Details

640: A Week with Whitman in His Bicentennial Year

July 15-18, 2019
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Reading together samples from the poems that changed American literature by its bardic poet, born in 1819, will be bracing summer reading. Elegiac, comic, furtive, outrageous: Whitman’s remarkable poems (and some prose) will be shared as he wished them – democratically and joyfully – with minimal lecturing and lots of discussion.

Class Format: Discussion

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Eleanor Heginbotham
Eleanor Elson Heginbotham, author of two books and many articles on Emily Dickinson, professor of American literature in foreign lands, Minnesota, and Washington, has enjoyed the "retirement" possibilities of OLLI classes. She has taught and taken many study groups on many of her favorite authors. She has enjoyed summers at Walden and in Amherst.

Reading List:

Leaves of Grass - Penguin Deluxe Edition (Intro Harold Bloom) (Walt Whitman) | 0: | ISBN: 9780143039273 | Required