By David LaRocca
This thought-provoking assortment gathers a roster of professional Emerson students to deal with anew the best way non-American writers and texts stimulated Emerson, whereas additionally discussing the style during which Emerson’s writings prompted a various array of non-American authors. This quantity comprises new, unique, and interesting examine on an important subject matters that experience for the main half been absent from contemporary serious literature. whereas the motivations for this undertaking may be commonplace to students of literary stories and the historical past of philosophy, its subject matters, subject matters, and texts are enormously novel. an influence to Translate the realm presents a touchstone for a brand new iteration of students attempting to orient themselves to Emerson’s ongoing relevance to worldwide literature and philosophy.
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A Power to Translate the World: New Essays on Emerson and International Culture by David LaRocca