Transient and Permanent: The Transcendentalist Movement and Its Contexts

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Comprising twenty essays by leading scholars, this insightful collection provides the best recent writing on the Transcendentalists, the New England religious reformers and intellectuals who challenged both spiritual and secular orthodoxies between the 1830s and the 1850s. The volume addresses Transcendentalism from many directions, illuminating the movement more clearly than ever before. The contributions consider aspects of the relationship between the Transcendentalists and their intellectual and social world,...
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Comprising twenty essays by leading scholars, this insightful collection provides the best recent writing on the Transcendentalists, the New England religious reformers and intellectuals who challenged both spiritual and secular orthodoxies between the 1830s and the 1850s. The volume addresses Transcendentalism from many directions, illuminating the movement more clearly than ever before. The contributions consider aspects of the relationship between the Transcendentalists and their intellectual and social world, assess the movement's cultural legacy, and place Transcendentalism in the context of historical and literary scholarship, past and present.
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Professors of English, American history, American studies, art history, religion, music, and New England history offer 20 essays addressing an array of topics relating to the Transcendentalist movement and its origins. Topics include Transcendentalism's place in New England's religious tradition; how cosmopolitan discourse influenced it, including German, French, English, and Indian writings; the different ways in which members of the circle interacted with the world around them; Transcendentalism's connection with reform movements; the movement's cultural legacy; and its critical reception. Distributed by Northeastern U. Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
"A Little Beyond": The Problem of the Transcendentalist Movement in American History 3
"A Religious Demonstration": The Theological Emergence of New England Transcendentalism 49
Theodore Parker and the 28th Congregational Society: The Reform Church and the Spirituality of Reformers in Boston, 1845-1859 73
Schleiermacher and the Transcendentalists 121
Emerson and the Terrible Tabulations of the French 148
English Nature, New York Nature, and Walden's New England Nature 168
Concord Orientalism, Thoreauvian Autobiography, and the Artist of Kouroo 190
Transcendentalism and the Spirit of Capitalism 229
The Celestial Village: Transcendentalism and Tourism in Concord 251
"A Chaos-Deep Soil": Emerson, Thoreau, and Popular Literature 282
Transcendentalism in Print: Production, Dissemination, and Common Reception 310
Mrs. Brackett's Verdict: Magic and Means in Transcendental Antislavery Work 385
Woman Questions: Emerson, Fuller, and New England Reform 408
Brook Farm, Fourierism, and the Nationalist Dilemma in American Utopianism 447
Beyond Transcendentalism: The Radical Individualism of William B. Greene 471
"Our National Glory": Emerson in American Culture, 1865-1882 499
Transcendentalism from the Margins: The Experience of Caroline Healey Dall 527
Christopher Pearse Cranch: Painter of Transcendentalism 548
Later Manifestations of Concord: Charles Ives and the Transcendentalist Tradition 574
Transcendentalist Literary Legacies 605
Contributors 621
Index 623
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