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CONFUSION OF TONGUES: LOUISA VAN VELSOR WHITMAN AND WALT WHITMAN
In Breaking Bounds: New Essays on Walt Whitman (Oxford University Press, 1996)

This piece takes the form of a dialogue between Sedgwick and Moon in which they counter “typecasting Whitman as the pathetic fag son of a mean and withholding father and a possessive and demanding mother,” using letters between mother and son and the theories of psychoanalyst Sandor Ferenczi.