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By David LaRocca

This thought-provoking assortment gathers a roster of pro Emerson students to handle anew the best way non-American writers and texts inspired Emerson, whereas additionally discussing the style during which Emerson’s writings prompted a various array of non-American authors. This quantity contains new, unique, and fascinating examine on the most important issues that experience for the main half been absent from contemporary serious literature. whereas the motivations for this venture may be time-honored to students of literary reports and the historical past of philosophy, its issues, topics, and texts are fairly novel. an influence to Translate the realm offers a touchstone for a brand new new release of students attempting to orient themselves to Emerson’s ongoing relevance to worldwide literature and philosophy.

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Focusing, for example, on what Nan Z. Da calls “books on Emerson/China synergies,” we may glean a sense of the depth and range of work devoted to this subset of research on Emerson and Asia. In Da’s helpful bibliography, she adduces the following titles: K. V. Raghupathi, Emerson’s Orientalism (New Delhi: Prestige Books, 2007); Frederic Ives Carpenter, Emerson and Asia (New York: Haskell House, 1930); and Qian Mansu, Ai Mo Sheng he Zhong Guo: Dui Ge Ren Zhu Yi de Fan Ying [Emerson and China: Reflections on individualism] (Beijing: SDX and Harvard-Yenching Academic Library, 1996).

12. For more on metaphors of reading—including the generativity that follows in the form of writing—see David LaRocca, Emerson’s English Traits and the Natural History of Metaphor (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013). 13. , Transatlantic Literary Studies, 1660–1830 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012). 14. Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (New York: Routledge, 2007), xii (from the 1999 preface). Originally published in 1990. 15. Barbara Cassin, ed. Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014).

4. I spell out the textual rationale for this claim in “‘Experience,’ Antislavery, and the Crisis of Emersonianism,” 146–51. 5. ” 6. For a different understanding of Emerson’s attitude toward the questions of race and slavery, see Cornel West, The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1987), 9–41. West alludes to Ralph (Waldo) Ellison’s observation that blackface minstrelsy and Emersonian self-reliance were historically contemporaneous and socially interactive cultural agencies.

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