The Transcendentalists / Edition 1

The Transcendentalists / Edition 1

by Barbara L. Packer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820329584

ISBN-13: 9780820329581

Pub. Date: 04/25/2007

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

This is widely acknowledged by scholars of nineteenth-century American literary history as the best-written, most comprehensive treatment to date of Transcendentalism. Barbara L. Packer presents Transcendentalism as a living movement, evolving out of such origins as New England Unitarianism and finding early inspiration in European Romanticism. Transcendentalism…  See more details below

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This is widely acknowledged by scholars of nineteenth-century American literary history as the best-written, most comprehensive treatment to date of Transcendentalism. Barbara L. Packer presents Transcendentalism as a living movement, evolving out of such origins as New England Unitarianism and finding early inspiration in European Romanticism. Transcendentalism changed religious beliefs, philosophical ideas, literary styles, and political allegiances. In addition, it was a social movement whose members collaborated on projects and formed close personal ties. Transcendentalism contains vigorous thought and expression throughout, says Packer; only a study of the entire movement can explain its continuing sway over American thought.

Through fresh readings of both the essential Transcendentalist texts and the best current scholarship, Packer conveys the movement's genuine expectations that its radical spirituality not only would lead to personal perfection but also would inspire solutions to such national problems as slavery and disfranchisement. Here is Transcendentalism in whole, with Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller restored to their place alongside such contemporaries as Bronson Alcott, George Ripley, Jones Very, Theodore Parker, James Freeman Clarke, Orestes Brownson, and Frederick Henry Hedge.

About the Author:
Barbara L. Packer is a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820329581
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
04/25/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,211,773
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Unitarian Beginnings     1
The Assault on Locke     20
Carlyle and the Beginnings of American Transcendentalism     32
"Annus Mirabilis"     46
The Establishment and the Movement     62
Letters and Social Aims     94
The Hope of Reform     129
Diaspora     165
The Antislavery Years     218
Selected Bibliography     275
Index     289

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