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By Leigh E. Schmidt, Sally M. Promey

Religious liberalism in the USA has frequently been equated with an ecumenical Protestant institution. in contrast, American non secular Liberalism attracts consciousness to the vast range of liberal cultures that shapes America’s spiritual hobbies. The essays collected the following push past standard tropes and limits to interrogate non secular liberalism’s dense cultural leanings by way of spirituality within the arts, the politics and piety of spiritual cosmopolitanism, and the interplay among liberal faith and liberal secularism. Readers will discover a kaleidoscopic view of a number of the innovative strands of America’s spiritual earlier and found in this richly provocative volume.

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Whitman’s name literally hovered over their correspondence, and they referred constantly to Leaves of Grass. Traubel’s connection to Whitman was important for Wiksell, who had never met Whitman personally. “In you I find alive so much of our dear friend Walt,” he wrote Traubel early in their relationship. When the first volume of Traubel’s Whitman biography appeared in 1906, Wik­ R e a di ng Poetry R eligiously 33 sell’s indirect connection to Whitman seemed to intensify enormously: “I feel now as though I know as much about him as you yourself and have kissed his bearded lips.

53. Wiksell to Traubel, June 27, 1897, and [1906], Traubel Collection, Library of Congress. 54. The standard history of the creation of English as a university subject is Gerald Graff, Professing Literature: An Institutional History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987). 55. Charles B. : Brown University, 1950), 32. 56. The individualistic spirituality of contemporary Whitmanites—as well as of their nineteenth-­century predecessors—reflects the “new religious consciousness” that Lorne L.

W. ”16 Wallace was in close touch with Horace Traubel, whom he met in 1891, shortly before Whitman’s death, when the Englishman made a pilgrimage to Camden. Following Whitman’s death, Traubel wrote to Wallace daily, keeping him abreast of Ameri­can Whitmanite activities. In early 1894, as his plans for a new Whitmanite or­ga­n i­za­tion took shape, Traubel imagined that the 22 M ich a el Robertson ­ ritish disciples would be eager to join; his ambitions are evident in the instiB tution’s full name, the Walt Whitman Fellowship: International.

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