American Transcendentalism in History and Literature (Remote)

Stephen Pierson
Professor of English, Onondaga Community College
Mondays, October 3 - November 7
4 - 5:30 p.m. ET

We will explore the history and literature of American Transcendentalism (c. 1830-1860) in a selection of readings by Amos Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman. The movement’s origins in German idealism and subsequent development in New England through the activism of the Transcendental Club shall be considered. The Club’s sponsorship of the literary journal The Dial (1840–44) and experiment in communal living at Brook Farm, Massachusetts, will also be examined. We will recognize the counterculture of the movement in its promotion of non-traditional sources of authority, such as subjectivity, intuition, and nature. The movement’s critiques of sexual inequality and slavery will also be discussed.

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