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Unformatted text preview: 1 12 Notes - 10/16/2007 Transcendentalism- philosophy that teaches intuition transcends reason as a reliable human faculty. Romanticism-Emphasis upon freedom of individual self-expression. Sincerity, spontaneity, originality new standards in literature. Rejected rationality of Englightenment, turned to emotional directness of personal experience. Knowledge comes from within the person. Emerson calls this inner light “the whim” 1830s and on...lyceum series becomes popular..out of school, public lectures. review: calvinism- depravity of man, reliance on god, god’s will. Great awakening- reliance of sinner upon god, personal relationship with god. Enlightenment/deism- supreme being, not one religion, external moral standard. 2 nd great awakening- protestantism established, baptists v. methodists. 1 2 Handout 18: Readings in Transcendentalism: Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman (page 1 pf 2) Emerson: Self Reliance Emerson’s essays are deliberately provocative – they push, urge, outrage, or jolt readers to react. Consider these two extracts below: what kinds of critiques of his age is Emerson attempting and how? A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. – ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ – Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wide spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. (1626) christ as a moral figure rather than god. Don’t be afraid to be different. I will have no covenants but proximities. I shall endeavor to nourish my parents, to support my family, to be the chaste husband of one wife – but these relations I must fulfill after a new and unprecedented way. I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me, and the heart appoints. (1632) “I’m going to be myself and you must accept me.” Judge yourself not according to doctrines/scriptures. Summary: what it means to be a nonconformist. Live according to that whim. Thoreau: Walden 1. Consider the feasibility of Thoreau's notions about individualism and self-reliance in terms of modern life. Would he simply be considered weird? Is there anyone who even attempts to embody his philosophy? 2. Explain specific ways in which Thoreau's Walden may be considered "practice" to...
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENG 2343 taught by Professor Cook during the Fall '07 term at Mississippi State.

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