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Consciousness and CultureEmerson and Thoreau Reviewed$
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Joel Porte

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104462

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104462.001.0001

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The Problem of Emerson

The Problem of Emerson

(p.28) Three The Problem of Emerson
Consciousness and Culture

Joel Porte

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the complexities of the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. It proposes a reading of Ralph Waldo Emerson that favors the actual texture of his writing more than his transcendental ideas. It also argues that no author no matter how important his or her place in the ongoing cultural work of a nation, can continue to live without the detailed attention to texts that forms the basis of literary study.

Keywords:   Ralph Waldo Emerson, texture of writing, transcendental ideas, cultural work, literary study

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