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By Michael T. Gilmore

ISBN-10: 0226293955

ISBN-13: 9780226293950

ISBN-10: 0226293963

ISBN-13: 9780226293967

''This ebook can take its position at the shelf beside Henry Nash Smith's Virgin Land and Leo Marx's The desktop within the backyard .''—Choice ''[Gilmore] demonstrates the profound, sustained, engagement with society embodied within the works of Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau and Melville. In influence, he relocates the yankee Renaissance the place it adequately belongs, on the centre of a wide social, financial, and ideological stream from the Jacksonian period to the Civil conflict. essentially, Gilmore's argument issues the writers' participation in what Thoreau referred to as 'the curse of trade.' He info their combined resistance to and complicity within the burgeoning literary industry and, by means of extension, the complete ' monetary revolution' which among 1830 and 1860 'transformed the U.S. right into a marketplace society'. . . . ''The result's a version of literary-historical revisionism. Gilmore's establishing chapters on Emerson and Thoreau express that 'transcendental' inspiration and language can come totally alive whilst understood in the fabric procedures and ideological constraints in their time. . . . the remainder 5 chapters, on Hawthorne and Melville, comprise one of the most penetrating contemporary commentaries at the aesthetic options of yankee Romantic fiction, awarded inside of and during the most astute, considerate concerns i do know of commodification and the 'democratic public' in mid-nineteenth-century the USA. . . . essentially and methodologically, American Romanticism and undefined has an important position within the stream in the direction of a brand new American literary background. It areas Gilmore on the leading edge of a brand new iteration of critics who're not only reinterpreting commonly used texts or getting to know new texts to interpret, yet reshaping our methods of wondering literature and culture.''—Sacvan Bercovitch, occasions Literary complement ''Gilmore writes with power, readability, and wit. The reader is enriched via this book.'' William H. Shurr, American Literature

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He moves to the woods on "Independence Day, or the fourth of July, 1845" because he considers this a civic enterprise, requiring a reformation or new foundation of American liberty (p. 84). A close connection can be seen here between the project of Walden and Thoreau's appeal at the end of "Civil Disobedience" for a founder or reformer whose eloquence will revive the polity. In the essay, which he wrote while working on the early drafts of the book, he criticizes the country's lawmakers for their failure to "speak with authority" about the government.

96). I11 To negate the "curse of trade" during his stay in the woods, Thoreau supports himself by farming. This is the occupation followed by the majority of his neighbors, but his own experiment in husbandry differs significantly from the commercial agriculture prevalent in Concord. By building his own house and growing his own food, by concentrating on the necessaries of life and renouncing luxuries, he minimizes his dependency on others and removes himself as far as possible from the market economy.

Behold . . " It is a short step from these remarks to the conclusion that nothing is reliable or permanent except the Soul. In fact Emerson had reached such a conclusion a year earlier in Nature, the first major statement of his Transcendentalism and a work, though it antedates the Panic, that provides the most complex and provocative exposition of his attitude toward the market. It may seem curious to speak of Nature as a commentary on exchange society. The essay has been studied from virtually every perspective but this one, and although it was composed at a moment of intense ideological ferment, the climax of Jackson's struggle to de- Emerson and the Persistence of the Commodity stroy the Bank, it appears to take only indirect and passing notice of recent events.

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