Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2014.
Book — 1 online resource (665 pages)
Cover Page; The Real Thing; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Preface to the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part One: The Condition of Future Development; One: Whitman's Transformed Eye; Part Two: A Culture of Imitation; Introduction; Two: A Hieroglyphic World; Three: Photography and the Artifice of Realism; Four: The Romance of the Real; Part Three: Inventing Authenticity; Introduction; Five: The Real Thing and the Machine-made World; Six: The Camera and the Verification of Fact; Seven: Not "Realism" but Reality Itself.
Epilogue: The Dump Is Full of ImagesNotes; Bibliography; Index.
Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940.
The aroma of personality and the dignity of clean living
The undersexed valetudinarian : Emerson and modern criticism
William James and the varieties of Emerson
W.E.B. Du Bois and the implications of pragmatism
Inclusiveness without redundancy : William Carlos Williams in the Emersonian grain
This book explores the intertwined history of Emerson and individualism. Charles E. Mitchell begins by examining those who regarded Emersonian individualism with ambivalence or hostility, focusing on the comments of such diverse figures as Henry James, Sr., Oliver Wendell Holmes, Van Wyck Brooks, and H. L. Mencken. He then offers an alternative view as reflected in the work of William James, John Dewey, W. E. B. Du Bois, and William Carlos Williams. Each of these figures embraced Emerson's claim for the sanctity of the individual and wove it into a social vision that sought to reconcile the paradox at the heart of American life: a simultaneous devotion to the community and the individual, tradition and innovation, order and freedom. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Contents: German-American cultural transfer during the 18th and 19th centuries - American identity - Formation of an American national and cultural identity - New England Transcendentalists - Alexander von Humboldt.
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This volume attempts for the first time a comprehensive view of the momentous process of German-American cultural transfer during the 18<SUP>th</SUP> and 19<SUP>th</SUP> centuries, which played an important part in the formation of an American national and cultural identity, a process to which the New England Transcendentalists contributed some of the decisive ingredients, but which has largely escaped the attention of German and American scholarship. In each chapter a specific problem is treated systematically from a clearly defined perspective, deficiencies of existing translation theories are exposed, so that in the concluding chapters 13 and 14 (with an unpublished memorandum by Alexander von Humboldt) a cohesive view of the entire process emerges. A comprehensive bibliography will facilitate further scholarly pursuits. (source: Nielsen Book Data)