A Power to Translate the World: New Essays on Emerson and by David LaRocca

By David LaRocca

This thought-provoking assortment gathers a roster of professional Emerson students to handle anew the way in which non-American writers and texts motivated Emerson, whereas additionally discussing the style within which Emerson’s writings stimulated a various array of non-American authors. This quantity contains new, unique, and interesting learn on the most important subject matters that experience for the main half been absent from contemporary serious literature. whereas the motivations for this undertaking might be typical to students of literary reports and the background of philosophy, its themes, topics, and texts are surprisingly novel. an influence to Translate the realm offers a touchstone for a brand new iteration of students attempting to orient themselves to Emerson’s ongoing relevance to international literature and philosophy.

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Insofar as this influx of creative power penetrated in depth without depending on the mediations of the speaker’s own representations, it compromised the autonomy of the speaker’s will. But in so doing, “my genius” also undermined liberalism’s conception of the possessive individual as its subject. Because there was no social identity that “my genius” could take up that was not dependent on an already instituted social role, the self-reliance that genius effected was inherently nonsubstantial and lacking in positive content.

The event that occasioned his remarks stands as a benchmark in Emerson’s literary career. In 1844, members of the Concord Female Anti-Slavery Society persuaded Emerson to give a talk in Concord celebrating the tenth anniversary of the emancipation of the slaves in the British West Indies. At The Anti-Slave from Emerson to Obama [ 35 ] their invitation, Frederick Douglass came to Concord to speak at the celebration alongside Emerson. Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Margaret Fuller were in the audience. ”8 Emerson’s address was marked by a kind of rhetorical bilingualism.

The contributors to the present collection, therefore, attempt to offer a further step in the direction of a more actively articulated, more fully formed global assessment of Emerson’s conceptual and intellectual significance (especially to non-American readers of his work). We hope, in what has been said and in what follows, to have demonstrated that there remains for Emerson scholarship an eminent—and expansive—terrain worthy of wide survey and penetrating exploration. The Near East and the Far East, for instance, as addressed in the pages to come, offer old ground to excavate for new and rewarding discoveries.

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