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dc.contributor.authorColvett, Margaret
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-22T04:30:11Z
dc.date.available2016-09-22T04:30:11Z
dc.date.issued2016-05
dc.identifier.othercolvett_margaret_201605_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/colvett_margaret_201605_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/36060
dc.description.abstractThis thesis considers the life and work of Welborn Victor Jenkins, an Atlanta-based African-American poet active between 1900 and 1950, with particular attention to his 1948 book-length poem The "Incident" at Monroe (a response to a mass lynching) and his self- presentation as a literary figure. Jenkins styled himself as a public poet in Walt Whitman's image, a visionary who spoke both to and for America with prophetic urgency; his work joins other African-American appropriations of Whitman that simultaneously reference Whitman as a validating forefather and critically revise his legacy as the definitively "American" voice. For Jenkins, this act of self-assertion both prepares a rhetorical space for his vatic long poems and becomes a vital part of their jeremiadic argument: in appealing to an envisioned ideal of American democracy -- its promise of life, liberty, and self-determination -- he derives prophetic authority to protest America's denial of that promise to African Americans.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightsOn Campus Only Until 2018-05-01
dc.subjectAfrican-American literature
dc.subjectSouthern literature
dc.subjectWelborn Victor Jenkins
dc.subjectThe Incident at Monroe
dc.subjectTrumpet in the New Moon
dc.subjectpoetry
dc.subjectmodernism
dc.subjectWalt Whitman
dc.subjectlynching
dc.subjectcivil rights
dc.subjectliterary activism
dc.subjectdocumentary
dc.subjectprotest
dc.subjectsocialism
dc.subjectcapitalism
dc.subjectcolonialism
dc.titleThe public poet sings himself
dc.title.alternativethe life and work of Welborn Victor Jenkins
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.description.majorEnglish
dc.description.advisorSusan Rosenbaum
dc.description.committeeSusan Rosenbaum
dc.description.committeeMagdalena Zurawski
dc.description.committeeJed Rasula


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