The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism

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The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism offers an ecclectic, comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to the immense cultural impact of the movement that encompassed literature, art, architecture, science, and politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195331035
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 1,386,853
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Myerson is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor at the University of South Carolina. An authority on transcendentalism and textual and bibliographical studies, Professor Myerson has written, edited, co-authored, or co-edited some fifty books.

Laura Dassow Walls is John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair of Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina. Her most recent book is The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

Sandra Harbert Petrulionis is Professor of English and American Studies at Penn State—Altoona. She is the author of To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau's Concord (Cornell, 2006).

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Table of Contents


1. Transcendental Contexts

1. Transcendentalism and Greek and Roman Classics
K. P. Van Anglen
2. Enlightenment and Scottish Common Sense Philosophy
Robin Grey
3. Asian Influences
Alan Hodder
4. Puritanism and Transcendentalism
Frank Shuffelton
5. Unitarianism
Dean Grodzins
6. Transcendentalism and World Revolutions
Michael Ziser
7. British and Continental Romanticism
Barbara L. Packer
8. Nineteenth-Century Print Culture
Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray

2. Transcendentalism as a Social Movement

9. Transcendentalism and Religion
Albert J. Von Frank
10. Transcendental Politics and Economics
Len Gougeon
11. Education
Wesley T. Mott
12. Environmentalist Thought and Action
Lance Newman
13. Transcendentalism, Manifest Destiny, and the Question of the Moral Absolute
Lawrence Buell
14. Transcendentalism and Native American Rights
Joshua David Bellin
15. Transcendentalism and Antislavery
Sandra Harbert Petrulionis
16. Women's Rights and Feminism
Phyllis Cole
17. Transcendentalism, Health, and the Body
Mary Lamb Shelden
18. Transcendentalist Communities
Sterling F. Delano

3. Transcendentalism as a Literary Movement

19. Transcendental Poetics: Emerson, Higginson, and the Rise of Whitman and Dickinson
Ed Folsom
20. Transcendentalism and the Journal
Robert Sattelmeyer
21. Transcendental Letter-writing
Robert N. Hudspeth
22. Transcendentalism and Sermons
Susan L. Roberson
23. Lectures and the Lyceum Movement
Kent P. Ljungquist
24. Transcendentalism and Conversations
Noelle A. Baker
25. Transcendentalist Periodicals
Todd H. Richardson
26. The Dial
Susan Belasco
27. Literary Criticism
Jeffrey Steele
28. Transcendentalist Travel Literature
Barbara L. Packer
29. Nature Writing
Philip F. Gura
30. Biography, Autobiography, and Reminiscence
Robert D. Habich

4. Transcendentalism and the Other Arts

31. Transcendentalism and the Visual Arts
Albert J. Von Frank
32. Photography
Sean Ross Meehan
33. Architecture
W. Barksdale Maynard
34. Transcendentalism and Music
Ora Frishberg Saloman

5. Varieties of Transcendental Experience

35. Concord
Ronald A. Bosco
36. Transcendentalism in Boston and Beyond
Robert J. Scholnick
37. Global Transcendentalism
Laura Dassow Walls
38. Families and Friendships at the Height of the Transcendental Movement
Elizabeth Addison
39. Transcendental Virtue
Philip Cafaro
40. The Cavellian Turn in American Transcendental Thinking
Lawrence F. Rhu
41. Transcendental Aesthetics
Eric G. Wilson
42. Science and Technology
Laura Dassow Walls
43. Transcendentalism and Evolutionary Theory
William Rossi
44. Transcendentalism and Its Nay-Sayers: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville
Richard Kopley

6. Transcendental Afterlives

45. The Free Religion Movement
David M. Robinson
46. The Life and Legacy of "Civil Disobedience"
Linck Johnson
47. Nature Writing and Environmental Activism
Robert E. Burkholder
48. Walden: Pilgrimages and Iconographies
Leslie Perrin Wilson
49. Transcendentalism and Twentieth-Century American Poetry
Saundra Morris
50. The Electronic Age
Amy E. Earhart


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