Another bonus episode! This time we’re joined by Peter Coviello, professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Peter studies nineteenth-century American literature, the history of sexuality, and queer studies—so it will be no surprise that he has thought a lot about Walt Whitman. His most recent academic book is Tomorrow’s Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America, which was a finalist for the Lambda Award in LGBT Studies. We talk with Peter about nineteenth-century taxonomies of sexuality, Whitman’s caring for wounded soldiers in the Civil War, his understanding of nationalism and the American project, how he does and does not fit into his era, and the singular delights of his poetry.
Peter was also a guest on an episode of This Is Your Mixtape.
“This hour I tell things in confidence...” from Song of Myself part 19.
“My fire-lock lean’d in the corner...” from Song of Myself part 10.
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