American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions

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Oxford University Press, 1993-09-16 - 368 psl.
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The first major study since the 1930s of the relationship between American Transcendentalism and Asian religions, and the first comprehensive work to include post-Civil War Transcendentalists like Samuel Johnson, this book is encyclopedic in scope. Beginning with the inception of Transcendentalist Orientalism in Europe, Versluis covers the entire history of American Transcendentalism into the twentieth century, and the profound influence of Orientalism on the movement--including its analogues and influences in world religious dialogue. He examines what he calls "positive Orientalism," which recognizes the value and perennial truths in Asian religions and cultures, not only in the writings of major figures like Thoreau and Emerson, but also in contemporary popular magazines. Versluis's exploration of the impact of Transcendentalism on the twentieth-century study of comparative religions has ramifications for the study of religious history, comparative religion, literature, politics, history, and art history.

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Transcendentalism and the Orient
The First Meetings of East and West
3 Emerson Thoreau Alcott and the Orient
Melville and Brownson
Orientalism in GeneralInterest American Magazines
6 Ambience and Embodiment of Transcendental Dreams
7 Transcendentalist Periodicals and the Orient
The Orient and the Second Cycle of Transcendentalism
9 Conclusion
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