Emerson's Transatlantic Romanticism

Emerson's Transatlantic Romanticism

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an intellectual magpie, taking ideas from all over the world in his long career. In the 1830s and early 1840s, the era with which this book principally deals, his influence came from Europe. The first half of Emerson's Transatlantic Romanticism provides an original account of Emerson's creative debts to the British and European philosophers and Romantics, including Locke, Reid, the Higher Criticism, Coleridge and Carlyle. Importantly, it firmly locates this intellectual encounter in his New England context, and especially in the epistolary relationship he had with his astonishing aunt, Mary Moody Emerson. In its second half, this book accounts for the way that Emerson's transatlantic thought penetrates his writing, be it that of his letters, his journals, his lectures or his essays, creating a unique Romantic prose style in which idea and word become united in an epistemology of form.This question, which is at the heart of Emersona#39;s homocentric Romanticism, is phrased in his 1841 essay a#39;Self-Reliancea#39; as follows: a#39;What is the aboriginal Self on which a universal reliance may be grounded?a#39; (CW2, 37). Emersona#39;sanbsp;...

Title:Emerson's Transatlantic Romanticism
Author:David Greenham, Palgrave Connect (Online service)
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2012-07-31


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