What Was Transcendentalism?

Transcendentalism was perhaps one of the most remarkable reform movements in American history, permanently changing the way we think about religion, the natural world, class, race, education, and the role of women. Yet some of its more provocative aspects are largely forgotten today.  We’ll revisit Transcendentalism from a 21st century perspective: What can we still learn from writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, and Christopher Cranch? 

About the Course

Transcendentalism was perhaps one of the most remarkable reform movements in American history, permanently changing the way we think about religion, the natural world, class, race, education, and the role of women. Yet some of its more provocative... See more aspects are largely forgotten today—consider the example of Bronson Alcott, creator of the Temple School in Boston, who thought it might be a good idea for students to be able to punish, if needed, their teachers.  In this three-week course, we’ll revisit Transcendentalism from a 21st century perspective: What can we still learn from writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, and Christopher Cranch?

NOTE:  Participants are asked to acquire The American Transcendentalists, edited by Lawrence Buell (Modern Library, ISBN# 978-0812975093).

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Course At-A-Glance

Fee:  $0.00
  Fee Does Not Include Textbook(s)
  Handicap Parking Available After 5pm & On Weekends

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