Delegated Intellect; Emersonian Essays on Literature, Science, and Art in Honor of Don Gifford

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This volume honors Don Gifford, master teacher, exacting researcher, and provocative writer. The essays reflect some but not all of the disciplines that Gifford taught - literature, art, ecology, invention, American culture, and the history of ideas. Heeding Emerson's call to "search for facts amid appearances" and to pursue "the ultimate reason of [all things and experience]" these essays illustrate how contemporary scholars in a variety of fields fulfill their role as ...
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This volume honors Don Gifford, master teacher, exacting researcher, and provocative writer. The essays reflect some but not all of the disciplines that Gifford taught - literature, art, ecology, invention, American culture, and the history of ideas. Heeding Emerson's call to "search for facts amid appearances" and to pursue "the ultimate reason of [all things and experience]" these essays illustrate how contemporary scholars in a variety of fields fulfill their role as society's delegated intellect.
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Ranges across disciplines to discuss some American values; science, research, and society; literature, theatre, and art; and American scholar Don Gifford, best known for The Farther Shore: A Natural History of Perception (1990). Among the specific topics are the language of democracy, Spike Lee's corporatist art, structure and energy, anachronism and achronism in historical drama, and Bruegel's Fall of Icarus. Includes a contribution by Gifford himself and a bibliography of his books, essays, poetry, and fiction. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Delegated Intellect Emersonian Essays on Literature, Science, and Art 1
Alma Mater and an American Dream: "The Mountains" (1859) 11
Civil Disobedience, Conscience, and Community: Thoreau's "Double Self" and the Problematic of Political Action 37
Whitman, Tocqueville, and the Language of Democracy 65
Spike Lee's Corporatist Art 89
"Know thyself...Study nature" The Contemporary Scientist's Dilemma 109
"A Tidiness of Words" 125
Structure and Energy 143
The Clock in Brutus' Orchard Strikes Again: Anachronism and Achronism in Historical Drama 149
Embodied Consciousness in Shakespeare 169
Overcoming Time: "The Present of Things Past" in History and Fiction 203
The Saddest Story, Part 2: The Good Soldier and The Sun Also Rises 225
In the Wake of Production: A Study of Bruegel's Landscape with the Fall of Icarus 237
The Imitation of Dream in Literature 265
Annotating Don Gifford's Annotation 285
Celebrating Don Gifford 307
Books, Essays, Poetry, and Fiction by Don Gifford 311
About the Editor and Contributors 315
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