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David M. Robinson
Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR 97331-8565)

Culture in the Preaching and Lecturing of Ralph Waldo Emerson

To study Emerson's notion of culture, and how it developed as a central theme in the ideas of the American transcendentalists. Emerson used the word culture in a more horticultural sense to suggest that the culture of the soul was analogous to the culture of a plant or garden. The idea of culture will be traced to the development of Emerson's career as a lecturer, noting especially its contribution to the waning of his early optimism into a deeper sense of tragedy.

Project fields:
American Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1978 – 8/31/1978