Professor Ellison demonstrates that the characteristic difficulties of Emerson's prose--its repetitiveness, discontinuity, and tonal peculiarities--are motivated by his use of interpretation to free himself from recurringly intimidating aspects of tradition.
Originally published in 1984.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- CONTENTS, pg. vii
- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, pg. ix
- A NOTE ON ABBREVIATIONS AND EDITIONS CITED, pg. xi
- INTRODUCTION. “THE MIND GOES ANTAGONIZING ON”, pg. 1
- I. THE DEVELOPMENTAL NARRATIVE, pg. 15
- II. THE STRUCTURE OF THE ESSAYS, pg. 73
- III. STRUCTURES WITHIN THE ESSAYS, pg. 155
- CONCLUSION. ROMANTIC PROSE AND THE ARTISTIC CRITIC, pg. 228
- NOTES, pg. 239
- INDEX, pg. 253