Transatlantic Transcendentalism: Coleridge, Emerson, and Nature

Transatlantic Transcendentalism: Coleridge, Emerson, and Nature

by Samantha Harvey


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As Samantha C. Harvey demonstrates, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's thought galvanized Emerson at a pivotal moment in his intellectual development in the years 1826-1836, giving him new ways to harmonize the Romantic triad of nature, spirit, and humanity. Emerson did not think about Coleridge: he thought with Coleridge, resulting in a unique case of assimilative influence. In addition to examining his specific literary, philosophical, and theological influences on Emerson, this book reveals Coleridge's centrality for Boston Transcendentalism and Vermont Transcendentalism, a movement which profoundly affected the development of modern higher education, the national press, and the emergence of Pragmatism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748681365
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Transatlantic Literatures Eup
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Samantha Harvey is Associate Professor at the Boise State University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Abbreviations viii

1 Transatlantic Transcendentalism 1

2 Coleridge and Boston Transcendentalism 24

3 Nature: Philosophy and the "Riddle of the World" 40

4 The Landing Place: "Distinguishing without Dividing" and Coleridge's Method 54

5 Humanity: "Art is the Mediatress, The Reconciliator of Man and Nature" 76

6 Spirit: "An Influx of the Divine Mind" 95

7 Emerson's Nature: Coleridge's Method and the Romantic Triad 119

8 Coleridge and Vermont Transcendentalism 141

Notes 164

Bibliography 197

Index 210

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