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Author Cadava, Eduardo.

Title Emerson and the climates of history / Eduardo Cadava.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1997.


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Physical description ix, 256 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 238-250) and index.
Contents Preface: "We Cannot Write the Order of the Variable Winds" -- Ch. 1. The Climates of History -- Ch. 2. Nature's Archives -- Ch. 3. The Rhetoric of Slavery and War.
Summary This book brings together a wide range of materials from history, religion, philosophy, horticulture, and meteorology to argue that Emerson articulates his conception of history through the language of the weather. Focusing on Emerson's persistent use of climatic and meteorological metaphors, the book demonstrates that Emerson's reflections on the weather are inseparable from his preoccupation with the central historical and political issues of his day. The author suggests that Emerson's writings may be read as both symptomatic and critical of the governing rhetorics through which Americans of his day thought about the most important contemporary issues, and that what has often been seen as Emerson's retreat from the arena of history into the domain of spirit is in fact an effort to re-treat or rethink the nature of history in terms of questions of representation.
Subject Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 -- Knowledge -- History.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 -- Political and social views.
Literature and history -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 0804728135 (cloth : alk. paper)
0804728143 (paperback: alk. paper)