Emersons Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists

Paperback | January 28, 2011

byRandall Fuller

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It is increasingly commonplace to find scholars who circle back to Ralph Waldo Emerson and his intellectual heirs as a way of better understanding contemporary social and aesthetic contexts. Why does Emerson's cultural legacy continue to influence writers so forcefully? In this innovativestudy, Randall Fuller examines the way pivotal twentieth-century critics have understood and deployed Emerson as part of their own larger projects aimed at reconceiving America. He examines previously unpublished material and original research on Van Wyck Brooks, Perry Miller, F.O. Matthiessen, andSacvan Bercovitch along with other supporting thinkers. An engaging institutional history of American literary studies in the twentieth century, Emerson's Ghosts reveals the unexpected convergent forces that have shaped American cultural history in lasting ways.

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It is increasingly commonplace to find scholars who circle back to Ralph Waldo Emerson and his intellectual heirs as a way of better understanding contemporary social and aesthetic contexts. Why does Emerson's cultural legacy continue to influence writers so forcefully? In this innovativestudy, Randall Fuller examines the way pivotal t...

Randall Fuller is Associate Professor of English at Drury University. He is the author of From Battlefields Rising and the coeditor of The Business of Reflection: Hawthorne in His Notebooks.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019975201X

ISBN - 13:9780199752010

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Preface1. The Haunting of American Literature2. Emerson in the Gilded Age3. How to Dismantle American Culture: Van Wyck Brooks and Oppositional Criticism4. F. O. Matthiessen and the Tragedy of the American Scholar5. Perry Miller's Errand into the Wilderness6. Sacvan Bercovitch as "American" Scholar7. Emerson's GhostsEnd NotesBibliography