The New Americanists and Emerson's Challenge
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Dartmouth College Press
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Indebtedness is difficult to measure. Perhaps as scholars we are what we write. In that sense those who have enabled me to begin and finish this book have allowed me to come into . . .
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Throughout the last four decades, the field of American Studies has been reshaped by various forms of revisionism. In the late 1960s, the intellectual history synthesis of the Myth and Symbol school became . . .
Part I | Emerson and Representation
1 | The New Ameranists and Representation: Between Interpellation and Reification
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Before I begin my analysis of revisionist assumptions about representation, the New Americanists need to be placed within the history of American Studies. This will explain why the term remains difficult to . . .
2 | Representing Potentiality
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“To understand Emerson’s writings, one must first see him at work as a lecturer,” the editors of the Later Lectures have stated with just conviction (LL, vol. 1, xx). My intent in this study is not to provide . . .
Part II | Emerson and Identity
3 | The New Americanists and the Violence of Identity
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In chapter 1, I showed that the New Americanists’ understanding of representation is influenced most importantly by Louis Althusser’s theory of interpellation. According to Althusser, the individual . . .
4 | Identity and the Parsimonious Recognition of "Friendship"
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“We have a great deal more kindness than is ever spoken,” Emerson assures his readers at the very beginning of his essay “Friendship” (CW, vol. 2, 113). How that which exceeds what is spoken relates . . .
Part III | Emerson and the Nation
5 | New Americanist Turns: Empire, Transnationalism, and Utopianism
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When revising the American Studies paradigm of the Cold War era, New Americanists turned their attention to two related fields of inquiry that, in their perception, were foreclosed by the . . .
6 | Emerson's Organicist Nationalism
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Emerson’s record on the issues of nationalism, imperialism, and racism is mixed: his statements are often contradictory, his opinions seem to swerve from one extreme to the other, and often he does not even . . .
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In order to attract and relate to an audience, Emerson had to partially affirm his listeners’ worldviews. But despite Emerson’s working within an ideological framework, the listening . . .
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Page Count: 336
Publication Year: 2010