(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)
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quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and
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My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site.
Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)
When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play
No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye
- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins
MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm
For a larger image click on the photograph.
Office: 458 EPB
My teaching and research have focused on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry and culture. I'm particularly interested in the ways American poets have talked back to Walt Whitman over the years, and how Whitman tapped into American culture in surprising ways to construct a radical new kind of writing. My first book, Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song, which I edited with Jim Perlman and Dan Campion, grew out of a Whitman seminar I taught (Jim and Dan were participants in the seminar). We gathered the most illuminating responses to Whitman over the century. In 1998, Jim, Dan, and I issued a revised second edition of the book, bringing the continuing poetic debate with Whitman up to the edge of the twenty-first century.
I have published on Whitman's relationship to various American cultural developments; my book Walt Whitman's Native Representations deals with photography, Native American policy, dictionaries, and baseball. Other essays have dealt with Whitman and race and Whitman's relationships to place. I have also been interested in Whitman's influence on modern and contemporary writers in America and around the world. With Gay Wilson Allen, I edited Walt Whitman and the World, which examines Whitman's presence in a variety of international contexts. I directed a symposium on Whitman in Translation, bringing together fifteen translators of Whitman's work from around the world (the symposium has since been published as a special issue of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, a journal that I edit here at Iowa). Recently, I directed a conference on Whitman in Beijing, China, and my book Whitman East and West gathers some of the essays by the North American, European, and Asian scholars who participated in that conference.
I have also written about twentieth-century American poets like William Carlos Williams, W.S. Merwin, and Gary Snyder, as well as other nineteenth-century writers like Frederick Douglass and Emily Dickinson. In recent years, I have become involved with electronic scholarship, co-editing a CD-ROM archive of Whitman's work, co-directing an online hypertext Whitman archive, and joining ten other professors from around the country on the construction of a "Classroom Electric"--a gathering of Web sites to facilitate the teaching of Whitman and Dickinson.
I teach courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, including a survey of American poetry and a doctoral seminar in Whitman and his influence.