Literary transcendentalism
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Literary transcendentalism

By Lawrence Buell
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Lawrence Buell combines intellectual history and critical explication, giving equal attention to general trends and to particular works and individuals. His chapters on conversation, religious discourse, catalog rhetoric, and literary travelogue treat intensively topics that have been relatively neglected. His analyses of Ellery Channing's poetry and the use of persona in Emerson and Very are also innovative. In the final section, he offers the first systematic account of the autobiographical tradition in transcendentalist writing.>p

Table of Contents
  • LITERARY TRANSCENDENTALISM
    • Contents
    • Abbreviations
    • Introduction
    • PART I. BACKGROUND AND GENERAL PRINCIPLES
      • 1 The Emergence of the Transcendentalist Aesthetic from American Unitarianism
      • 2 Transcendentalist Literary Method: Inspiration versus Craftsmanship
    • PART II. THE LIVING WORD
      • 3 From Conversation to Essay
      • 4 From Sermon to Scripture
    • PART III. WORD AND WORLD: NATURE AS A MODEL FOR LITERARY FORM
      • 5 Emerson and the Idea of Microcosmic Form
      • 6 Catalogue Rhetoric
      • 7 Thoreau and the Literary Excursion
      • 8 Thoreau's A Week
      • 9 Ellery Channing: The Major Phase of a Minor Poet
    • PART IV. THE FIRST PERSON
      • 10. Transcendentalist Self-Examination and Autobiographical Tradition
      • 11. Emerson and Thoreau: Soul versus Self
      • 12. Transcendental Egoism in Very and Whitman
    • Index
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