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Emerson's Memory Loss: Originality, Communality, and the Late Style

Christopher Hanlon

Abstract

Emerson’s Memory Loss is about an archive of texts documenting Emerson’s intellectual state during the final phase of his life, as he underwent dementia. It is also about the way these texts provoke a rereading of the more familiar canon of Emerson’s thinking. Emerson’s memory loss, Hanlon argues, contributed to the shaping of a line of thought in America that emphasizes the social over the solipsistic, the affective over the distant, the many over the one. Emerson regarded his output during the time when his patterns of cognition transformed profoundly as a regathering of focus on the nature ... More

Keywords: Ralph Waldo Emerson, disability studies, American literature, memory and literature, transcendentalism, Emerson biography, memory loss, nineteenth-century literature, cognition and literature, Margaret Fuller, Ellen Tucker Emerson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190842529
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190842529.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Hanlon, author
Arizona State University