Ralph Waldo Emerson | Critical Essay by Michael Lopez

This literature criticism consists of approximately 64 pages of analysis & critique of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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Critical Essay by Michael Lopez

SOURCE: “The Anti-Emerson Tradition,” in Emerson and Power: Creative Antagonism in the Nineteenth Century, Northern Illinois University Press, 1996, pp. 19-52.

In the following essay, Lopez traces the critical reception of Emerson's philosophical writings through the decades in an attempt to define his place in American critical thinking.

Melville and Whitman persuasively strive to give us the substance promised by their titles: grass and a whale, earth and the sea are delivered. … But Emerson? Is there not something cloudy at the center of his reputation, something fatally faded about the works he has left us? When, I ask myself, did I last read one of his celebrated essays? How much, indeed, are Emerson's works even assigned in literary courses where the emphasis is not firmly historical?

John Updike, “Emersonianism” (1984)

In 1982 Alfred...

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