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 deal with anew the way in which non-American writers and texts stimulated Emerson, whereas additionally discussing the style during which Emerson’s writings stimulated a various array of non-American authors. This quantity contains new, unique, and fascinating learn on the most important themes that experience for the main half been absent from contemporary severe literature. whereas the motivations for this venture might be well-known to students of literary stories and the historical past of philosophy, its themes, subject matters, and texts are relatively novel. an influence to Translate the area presents a touchstone for a brand new new release of students attempting to orient themselves to Emerson’s ongoing relevance to worldwide literature and philosophy.

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5. , The Works of Thomas Carlyle, 30 vols. (1896; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 21:4. Originally published in 1827. 6. Johannes Voelz, Transcendental Resistance: The New Americanists and Emerson’s Challenge (Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press, 2010), chap. 6. 7. , 205. 8. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (New York: W. W. Norton, 2006), xiv. 9. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The Ethics of Identity (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007), chap.

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