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The essay traces Emerson's ideas of “godless religion”; his attraction to and disenchantment with contemporary science; the challenges of 1841–44 as his thought impelled him beyond the terms of his… (More)
That we are debating the pertinence and adequacy of the term "American Renaissance" after sixty-odd years testifies to the extraordinary resilience of F. O. Matthiessen's configuration of the field,… (More)
Recasting Perry Miller's classic From Edwards to Emerson, the essay relocates Emerson in the New England spiritual tradition from the Puritans to William James. Even as he dismissed the theological… (More)