Emerson & Eros : the making of a cultural hero /
Len Gougeon.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2007.
x, 268 p. ; 24 cm.
0791470776 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780791470770 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Albany : State University of New York Press, c2007.
0791470776 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780791470770 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-253) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-12-01:
This is the first substantial archetypal study of Ralph Waldo Emerson's life and work in many years. Having made a profound and influential case for Emerson's valor as an abolitionist in Virtue's Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform (CH, Dec'90, 28-2339), Gougeon (Univ. of Scranton) here structures Emerson's psychological and creative development into the mythic hero's journey as theorized by Carl Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell, among others. This tripartite journey includes separation from the established order, initiation into the timeless powers of the unconscious, and return to heal a corrupted world with newfound knowledge and power. Analyzing revealing passages from Emerson's Collected Works and his Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks, Gougeon argues that Emerson's resignation from his Unitarian pastorate fits comfortably in the first stage; his immersion in nature and self-directed study the second; and his emergence as a cultural prophet and social reformer the third. Although Gougeon could have made use of more post-Jungian criticism, this book is, in the end, beautifully argued and efficacious. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. T. H. Richardson University of Texas of the Permian Basin
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This critical biography traces the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual growth of one of America's foremost oracles and prophets, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Table of Contents
Psychomythic humanism : re-centering realityp. 21
The spirit and the fleshp. 45
"God's child" : Emerson in his journalsp. 75
"The devil's child" : Emerson's early public voicep. 125
The call to serve : re-centering Americap. 159
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