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By Leigh E. Schmidt, Sally M. Promey

ISBN-10: 0253002168

ISBN-13: 9780253002167

Religious liberalism in the USA has usually been equated with an ecumenical Protestant institution. in contrast, American spiritual Liberalism attracts cognizance to the vast variety of liberal cultures that shapes America’s non secular routine. The essays accumulated the following push past standard tropes and bounds to interrogate spiritual liberalism’s dense cultural leanings via 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 the various revolutionary strands of America’s spiritual prior and found in this richly provocative volume.

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Yet at the same time as he defended Whitman from any hint of homosexuality, Traubel was engaged in his own highly spiritualized love affair with a male Whitmanite, Gustave Percival Wiksell. Wiksell, like Traubel, was a married man with a family. A Boston dentist, Wiksell joined the local branch of the Whitman Fellowship soon af­ter it was founded, and in 1903 became president of the Walt Whitman Fellowship, a position he held for the rest of the group’s existence. He met Traubel in 1894, and within a few years the two men became lovers.

5 How­ever grandiose Whitman’s ambition now seems, in the context of the ante­bellum United States his plans were not uncommon. 6 A variety of factors prepared the way for literary scripturism during the early nineteenth century. One of the most important was the rise of the Romantic poet-­prophet. William Blake was only the first in a series of major English-­ language writers who offered a belief system to supplement—or replace—a conventional Christianity that was coming to be seen among artists and intel- R e a di ng Poetry R eligiously 19 lectuals as outmoded and inappropriate for the modern age.

Clarke, chastising him for not inviting a single woman to speak at the 1897 Whitman birthday celebration in New York. ” she asked. 39 And for all her admiration of Whitman, Clarke was aware of the poet’s shortcomings as an advocate of gender equality. ”40 As women-­loving women, Porter and Clarke were highly conscious of Whitman’s silence on the subject of female comradeship, despite his frequent celebrations of love between men. If the Conservator ignored comradeship between women, it also avoided the sexual implications of Whitman’s poetry of male friendship.

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