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A Power to Translate the World: New Essays on Emerson and by David LaRocca

By David LaRocca

This thought-provoking assortment gathers a roster of professional Emerson students to handle anew the way in which non-American writers and texts encouraged Emerson, whereas additionally discussing the style during which Emerson’s writings encouraged a various array of non-American authors. This quantity comprises new, unique, and fascinating study on an important themes that experience for the main half been absent from fresh severe literature. whereas the motivations for this venture should be universal to students of literary experiences and the heritage of philosophy, its issues, topics, and texts are noticeably novel. an influence to Translate the area presents a touchstone for a brand new new release of students attempting to orient themselves to Emerson’s ongoing relevance to international literature and philosophy.

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David Justin Hodge (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003), 16–17. Subsequent references to this work will be cited parenthetically in the text by page number. 22. Another German, Walter Kaufmann, an émigré who extensively and expertly translated Nietzsche’s work, was also a significant factor in the restatement of Nietzsche’s prominence in the canon of philosophical study among Americans at midcentury. 23. See David LaRocca, “The Education of Grown-Ups: An Aesthetics of Reading Cavell,” Journal of Aesthetic Education 47, no.

In what sense was Nietzsche made responsible not for what he wrote but for what his readers thought he wrote? So, as Cavell says he is “continuing to follow out the consequences of finding in Emerson the founding of American thinking—the consequence, for example, that his thought is repressed in the culture he founded” (194), we can reflect on the above narrative in which, by turns transfigurative and otherwise translated, Heidegger—by way of reading Nietzsche who read Emerson—enhanced Nietzsche’s credibility in America, which in another turn, came to make prominent Emerson’s contribution to Nietzsche’s thinking.

It is from within this context that we—as writers and readers—encounter the modest but deliberate work from the contributors to this volume, who aim, in their own ways, to study the significance of nationality and influence at a time when both phenomena have yielded dilemmas that pulsate through the currents of contemporary culture. What is the meaning of America—and its literature and philosophy —in an age that contests the national as a bona fide description (and defense) of identity? What is the use of tracing influences when the very notions of origin, intention, and even cause and effect are put in doubt, or simply bracketed, and thus treated as negotiable terms?

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