The Emerson Dilemma

The Emerson Dilemma

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This gathering of eleven original essays with a substantive introduction brings the traditional image of Emerson the Transcendentalist face-to-face with an emerging image of Emerson the reformer. The Emerson Dilemma highlights the conflict between Emersona€™s philosophical attraction to solitary contemplation and the demands of activism compelled by the logic of his own writings. The essays cover Emersona€™s reform thought and activism from his early career as a Unitarian minister through his reaction to the Civil War. In addition to Emersona€™s antislavery position, the collection covers his complex relationship to the early womena€™s rights movement and American Indian removal. Individual essays also compare Emersona€™s reform ethics with those of his wife, Lidian Jackson Emerson, his aunt Mary Moody, Henry David Thoreau, John Brown, and Margaret Fuller. The Emerson who emerges from this volume is one whose Transcendentalism is explicitly politicized; thus, we see him consciously mediating between the opposing forces of the world he a€œthoughta€ and the world in which he lived.Essays on Emerson and Social Reform T. Gregory Garvey. LEN GOUGEON ... Self-Reliance, 1841 LIVING WHOLLY FROM WITHIN has long been a hallmark of Emersonian Transcendentalism. An emphasis on intuitively perceived valuesanbsp;...

Title:The Emerson Dilemma
Author:T. Gregory Garvey
Publisher:University of Georgia Press - 2001-01-01


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