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For Tuesday (3/13)

Several things for Tuesday:

1) Mass culture treasure hunt.  Your goal here is to find three examples of Walt Whitman’s presence within American mass (or popular) culture.  These should be instances where the figure of Whitman and/or Whitman’s poems are cited by and within mass (popular) culture after the last publication of Leaves of Grass in 1892.  The reference must be explicit – -e.g. no “like Whitman” or “related to Whitman.”  You can use: music, film, video, fiction, advertising, speeches, TMZ – – anything intended for a mass audience.  If possible, include the instances in your blog post.  And, comment a little bit about how this use of Whitman interprets or makes sense of Whitman and/or his poetry.  (NB: Dead Poets Society – – the movie – – is definitely excluded.  Though you may use interesting mashups or remixes of Dead Poets Society.)

2) Project development.  Look back over the half-dozen or so projects you’ve already blogged – – motif patterns, YouTube, Whitman’s peers, etc.  Pick one that you’d like to develop a bit more.  This could mean writing a bit more or revising a bit more seriously etc.  Come into class with the project you’d like to invest some more labor in and some ideas about what you’d like to do.

3) Tweet-of-the-week: “Martin F. Tupper, Proverbial Wisdom”

4) Browse through Specimen Days to find something interesting to blog about.


  1. Miguel wrote:

    I like the top-rated comment on the YouTube page of that Levis commercial.

    Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink
  2. Iona wrote:

    What’s your beef with the number “2”, Professor?

    O:) <- Non-Trouble-Causing-Angel Smiley Face

    Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink
  3. Amylia wrote:

    I have a feeling that many of us will have identical examples of Whitman in mass/pop culture. This is kind of cool, because we’ll be able to see different interpretations of why the references to Whitman were made!

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 7:37 am | Permalink
  4. admin wrote:

    The number 2 has been restored in all its glory and utility. (The “2” on my old mac keyboard is on strike and has been for a while.)

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

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