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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Transcendentalists: exploring a New England School of Thought
Please read the book that started it all, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature, published in 1836. Nature’s importance as the founding text of Transcendentalism cannot be overstated, though many have tried. We will discuss a variety of Emersonian concepts, such as the relationship between mind and matter, the burdens of history, and the importance of revelation. We may also inquire as to whether Emerson was just a really smart windbag. In addition, we will consider the ideas of one of Emerson’s disciples—Henry David Thoreau—and ask whether and how the author of Walden embodied transcendental ideas. To that end, participants may want to read the first two chapters of Walden, “Economy” and “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For.”
Copies of Nature can be found at the reference desk at the Avon Library.
Both lectures will be led by Bryan Sinche, Chair, Department of English and Modern Languages; Associate Professor of English, University of Hartford; and William Major Professor of English, Hillyer College.
snow date: Thursday, 2/27/20, 6:30 pm)