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“He knows the Koran by heart”: The Sufi Circulations of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jeffrey Einboden

in The Islamic Lineage of American Literary Culture: Muslim Sources from the Revolution to Reconstruction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199397808
eISBN:
9780199397822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199397808.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Islam

The final chapter, reaching up to the Civil War and its immediate aftermath, focuses on Ralph Waldo Emerson, mapping the wide expanse between his public image and private practice. Emerson, a ... More


“Revelation to US”: Green Shoots of Romantic Religion in Antebellum America

John Gatta

in Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and the Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195165050
eISBN:
9780199835140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165055.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

By the early nineteenth century, in writings by Bryant, Cooper, and Emerson, one can observe a growing Romantic tendency to imagine Nature in religious terms--as a favored site of worship and a ... More


Ralph Waldo Emerson and the “Universal Impulse to Believe”

Andrea Knutson

in American Spaces of Conversion: The Conductive Imaginaries of Edwards, Emerson, and James

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195370928
eISBN:
9780199870769
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370928.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Chapter 3 examines the ways that Emerson aestheticizes the conversion process through the literary style of his essays and Nature, thereby inviting his readers to experience the effects of ... More


Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life Volume II: The Public Years

Charles Capper

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195396324
eISBN:
9780199852703
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396324.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Filled with dramatic, ironic, and sometimes tragic turns, this superb biography captures the story of one of America’s most extraordinary figures, producing at once the best life of Margaret Fuller ... More


 The Romantic Era: Emerson's Churches of One

Matthew Mutter

in Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Iminent Secularization from the Puritans to Postmodernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195342536
eISBN:
9780199867042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342536.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses Ralph Waldo Emerson's prophetic announcement of both the decay of orthodox, institutional religion and the ascent of a solitary spirituality founded upon the intuition of the ... More


The Method of Nature

Paul Grimstad

in Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199874071
eISBN:
9780199345465
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks in detail at the development of Emerson’s method of composition, and links this to different accounts of experience, from Unitarian empiricism to Kant’s transcendental idealism. It ... More


Emerson's Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists

Randall Fuller

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195313925
eISBN:
9780199787753
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313925.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The central question engaged in this book is the following: why does Emerson's cultural legacy continue to influence writers so forcefully? This study examines the way influential 20th-century ... More


Emerson, Dante, and American Nationalism

Kathleen Verduin

in Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century: Nationality, Identity, and Appropriation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199584628
eISBN:
9780191739095
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584628.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Poetry

This chapter considers how Dante as national poet was presented as a model for the American artist, and how Ralph Waldo Emerson's reading of the Italian poet reflected, on the one hand, a will to ... More


Emerson, Pragmatism, and the “New American Poetry”

Andrew Epstein

in Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195181005
eISBN:
9780199851010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181005.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Pragmatist poetics offers a conceptual vocabulary for analyzing the rhetoric, the obsessions, the tactics, and the ambivalences that operate in experimental American poetry, especially with regard to ... More


Representing Grief: Emerson's “Experience”

Sharon Cameron

in Impersonality: Seven Essays

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226091310
eISBN:
9780226091334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226091334.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In his essay “Experience,” Ralph Waldo Emerson asks: “Where do we find ourselves?” The place Emerson finds himself is one where no light is (“night hovers all day in the boughs of the fir-tree”). And ... More


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