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Emerson's Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists

Randall Fuller


The central question engaged in this book is the following: why does Emerson's cultural legacy continue to influence writers so forcefully? This study examines the way influential 20th-century critics have understood and deployed Emerson as part of their own larger projects aimed at reconceiving America. It examines previously unpublished material and original research on Van Wyck Brooks, Perry Miller, F. O. Matthiessen, and Sacvan Bercovitch along with other supporting thinkers. Emerging from this research is an in-depth account of Emerson's cultural construction as well as an institutional h ... More

Keywords: American literary history, American Studies, Ralph Waldo Emerson, cultural criticism, intellectual history, American Scholar, Van Wyck Brooks, Perry Miller, F. O. Matthiessen, Sacvan Bercovitch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195313925
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randall Fuller, author
Drury University
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