Previous English 490 Courses (Summer 2012)
Ralph Waldo Emerson This summer seminar is dedicated to reading Ralph Waldo Emerson and exploring his enduring legacy in American literary, philosophical and religious thought. Students will study Emerson’s sermons, essays, lectures and poems; the intellectual, biographical and cultural influences on his thinking; and the provocations his writing presents to readers—from the nineteenth-century British social critic Thomas Carlyle to the late twentieth-century philosopher Stanley Cavell.
Required readings include The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Modern Library) and Robert D. Richardson’s intellectual biography, Emerson: The Mind on Fire (Centennial Books). Students will also read extensively in the materials we have in the Mason Library as well as in the electronic archive.