The Emerson Effect: Individualism and Submission in America

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This book presents a revisionist account of Ralph Waldo Emerson's influential thought on individualism, in particular his political psychology. Christopher Newfield analyzes the interplay of liberal and authoritarian impulses in Emerson's work in various domains: domestic life, the changing New England economy, theories of poetic language, homoerotic friendship, and racial hierarchy. Focusing on neglected later writings, Newfield shows how Emerson explored the tensions between autonomy and community--and consistently ...

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