Chapter 15. Transcendental Politics

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Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch15

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Lauter, P. (2010) Transcendental Politics, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch15

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626

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Keywords:

  • transcendental politics;
  • many ways of thinking about - transcendentalists as there are literary historians to think about them;
  • focus on pedigree of the name, “transcendentalist,” and its connections to Kant;
  • transcendentalists - William Henry Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Peabody, George Ripley, Henry David Thoreau;
  • “Trust,” “accept,” confide, obey - hardly the verbs of revolutionary collective action, nor are “Chaos and the Dark” the objects of social change;
  • outlook of Emerson, Thoreau, and other transcendentalists - a startling, well-nigh inimitable optimism;
  • movement in Thoreau's work - from Walden to “Slavery in Massachusetts,” and Walden, 1854 and “A Plea for Captain John Brown”;
  • Thoreau, like his Transcendentalist friends - the pressures and inspirations of movements for change, demanding new forms of action

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • II

  • III

  • References and Further Reading