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Transcendentalists in Utopia

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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The Transcendentalists: exploring a New England School of Thought

Transcendentalists in Utopia

Please read in The Dial (the only Transcendentalist literary journal). After dissolving into the ether with Emerson in our first lecture, we will move on to    consider a set of writers and reformers who make Emerson seem downright practical. Among those men were Bronson Alcott and George Ripley both of whom believed that they could reform humanity and change the world. As we look at Transcendentalism in the 1840s, we will also discuss the skeptical    perspectives of writers like Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville and speculate on the reasons that Transcendentalism continues to exert such a  powerful influence on the national imagination.

The Dial is available on Google Books. Please read Vol I (“Orphic Sayings”) Vol II (“Plan of the West Roxbury Community”) These articles are also linked at the end of this calendar entry.

Lecture 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, 3/5/20, 6:30 pm)

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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