Consciousness and Culture: Emerson and Thoreau Reviewed

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Yale University Press, 1 de out de 2008 - 256 páginas

Emerson and Thoreau are the most celebrated odd couple of nineteenth-century American literature. Appearing to play the roles of benign mentor and eager disciple, they can also be seen as bitter rivals: America’s foremost literary statesman, protective of his reputation, and an ambitious and sometimes refractory protégé. The truth, Joel Porte maintains, is that Emerson and Thoreau were complementary literary geniuses, mutually inspiring and inspired.
In this book of essays, Porte focuses on Emerson and Thoreau as writers. He traces their individual achievements and their points of intersection, arguing that both men, starting from a shared belief in the importance of “self-culture,” produced a body of writing that helped move a decidedly provincial New England readership into the broader arena of international culture. It is a book that will appeal to all readers interested in the writings of Emerson and Thoreau.

 

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ONE Emerson Thoreau and the Double Consciousness
1
TWO Transcendental Antics
11
THREE The Problem of Emerson
28
FOUR Representing America
55
FIVE Emerson as Journalist
72
SIX Emerson at Harvard
81
SEVEN Holmess Emerson
88
EIGHT Emersons French Connection
96
TEN Society and Solitude
142
Thoughts on Thoreaus Faith
159
The Natural History of Henry David Thoreau
169
THIRTEEN Writing and Reading New Englandly
186
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
199
NOTES
203
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
226
INDEX
229

NINE Henry Thoreau and the Reverend Poluphloisboios Thalassa
125

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