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Authors

Edward Whitley

Peer Reviewed

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Abstract

Uses Gerard Genette's theory of the "paratext" to examine how "Whitman manipulates the elements surrounding Leaves of Grass and turns them into 'Leaves-Droppings'" (the group of nine reviews of Leaves, Emerson's letter to Whitman, and Whitman's reply to Emerson) appended to the 1856 edition of Leaves and arranged by Whitman so as to build a "narrative of the virtues of the American rude tongue."

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