Evanston, Illinois, 2013

Northwestern University

June 24 – June 29


Download the Whitman Week 2013 Symposium Program here

See photos of Whitman Week 2013 here


The international instructors for 2013 were:

Éric Athenot (Professor of American Studies, Université François-Rabelais, Tours, France), translator of the 1855 Leaves of Grass and author of Walt Whitman, poète-cosmos

Christine Gehrhardt (Full Professor of American Literature and Culture, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany), author of A Place for Humility: Whitman, Dickinson, and the Natural World 

Virginia Jackson (Professor and UIC Chair in Rhetoric and Communication, English Department, University of California at Irvine), author of Before Modernism: Nineteenth-Century American Poetry in Public (forthcoming), andDickinson’s Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading

Ivy Wilson (Associate Professor of English and Director of the American Studies Program at Northwestern University), author of Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Politics in the  Antebellum U.S


In 2013, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation, TWWA welcomes papers discussing Walt Whitman’s writings in relation to any aspect of the U.S. Civil War in national or international memory. In addition to papers that interpret Whitman’s work in terms of the War between the Northern and Southern States, we also welcome papers that approach Whitman either hemispherically or globally, focusing on the legacies, significance, and lasting consequences of Whitman’s writings as they have circulated, been translated, revised, and reworked by different language constituencies, nationalities, and literary schools in Central and South America and in the Northern and Southern hemispheres of the globe more generally.

Special events during the week included:

  • Chicago White Sox vs. New York Mets
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
  • Grand Park Music Festival in Millennium Park
  • Los Lonely Boys / Los Lobos Convert at Ravinia
  • Chicago Art Institute