Aesthetic Individualism and Practical Intellect : American Allegory in Emerson, Thoreau, Adams, and James

By: Hansen, OlafMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPrinceton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (0 p.)ISBN: 9781400860746Subject(s): Adams, Henry, -- 1838-1918 -- Technique | Allegory | American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Emerson, Ralph Waldo, -- 1803-1882 -- Technique | Individualism in literature | James, William, -- 1842-1910 | Thoreau, Henry David, -- 1817-1862 -- TechniqueGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Aesthetic Individualism and Practical Intellect : American Allegory in Emerson, Thoreau, Adams, and JamesDDC classification: 810.9 LOC classification: PS217.A46 -- H3 1990ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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This learned, original, and challenging study looks at allegory as dynamic vision rather than as static typology. Selecting texts of Emerson, Thoreau, Henry Adams, and William James as having relevance to our contemporary modes of seeing, Hansen extends his work beyond literary classification to philosophical argument. Though his effort to engage the reader in seeing these writers anew becomes at times highly subjective, discursive, and allusive, it yields important insights, effectively summarized in a final chapter, "American Allegory," some major themes of which are crisis, secularization, disposition to tragedy, double consciousness of Nature, aesthetic detachment, and tension between narrative transformation and representation. This book will influence present and future discussions of the evolution of an American "self." Highly recommended. -H. J. Lindborg, Marian College of Fond Du Lac

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