Walt Whitman and the Civil War
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Through close readings of several poems written by Whitman throughout his long and evolving career, this master class will explore how his experiences in the Civil War altered his writing and his sense of what American poetry could be. We will also examine his manuscripts for clues to his artistic process. Our goal overall will be to find ways to better open ourselves, and our students, to the power of Whitman and all poetry.
Ed Folsom, Roy J. Carver Professor of English at The University of Iowa, is a preeminent Walt Whitman scholar. He is editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, co-director of the online Whitman Archive, and editor of the Whitman Series at The University of Iowa Press. He has written or edited numerous books and essays on the great American poet and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and six grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Folsom appears frequently on national radio and television news programs and was featured in the PBS American Experience documentary about Whitman.