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American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions : Religion in America - Arthur Versluis

American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions

Religion in America

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1993
ISBN: 9780195076585
Number Of Pages: 364

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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.

"A major scholarly study of the importance of oriental thought on the group of Americans known as the Transcendentalists. It is a study that shows wide and deep reading in comparative religion and philosophy, and it greatly enlightens us with regard to how Hindu and Buddhist ideas came to shape the work of many intellectual thinkers."--Philip F. Gura, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "This exhaustive and enlightening work sheds important new light on the history of religion in America, comparative religion, and nineteenth-century American literature and popular culture."--American Renaissance Literary Report "A major scholarly study well worth the attention of all students of American religion and culture....An important contribution to our understanding of nineteenth-century American culture and the history of American literature and religion."--Crisis "Versluis provides rich readings and fresh insights....The book not only contributes to conversations about American religious history, but it also indirectly raises issues of common concern to all who interpret religion."--The Journal of Religion "The book covers far more than Thoreau....There is much material that is entirely new to me, at least, and I find it extremely interesting."--The Thoreau Society "A major scholarly study of the importance of oriental thought on the group of Americans known as the Transcendentalists. It is a study that shows wide and deep reading in comparative religion and philosophy, and it greatly enlightens us with regard to how Hindu and Buddhist ideas came to shape the work of many intellectual thinkers."--Philip F. Gura, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "This exhaustive and enlightening work sheds important new light on the history of religion in America, comparative religion, and nineteenth-century American literature and popular culture."--American Renaissance Literary Report "A major scholarly study well worth the attention of all students of American religion and culture....An important contribution to our understanding of nineteenth-century American culture and the history of American literature and religion."--Crisis "Versluis provides rich readings and fresh insights....The book not only contributes to conversations about American religious history, but it also indirectly raises issues of common concern to all who interpret religion."--The Journal of Religion "The book covers far more than Thoreau....There is much material that is entirely new to me, at least, and I find it extremely interesting."--The Thoreau Society "A fascinating study of an exciting time in American history, this book offers an engaging account of the personalities, their clubs, social experiments, and other endeavors."--Bangor Theological Seminary "A fascinating study of an exciting time in American history, this book offers an engaging account of the personalities, their clubs, social experiments, and other endeavors."--The General Theological Library of Bangor "American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions is a significant contribution, providing an abundance of material to introduce students of literature and comparative religion as well as historians and political theorists to an important aspect of the thought of the Transcendentalists."--1650-1850:Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era

1. Introduction: Transcendentalism and the Orient 2. Predecessors: The First Meetings of East and West The German Tradition and the East The English Romantics and the Orient Fair Joseph Priestley: Moses and the Hindoos 3. Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott, and the Orient Emerson's "Asia Mine" Thoreau Sauntering Eastward Alcott's Universal Bible 4. The Dissenters: Melville and Brownson Melville as Gnostic Orestes Brownson and Tradition 5. The Ambience: Orientalism in General-Interest American Magazines The Popular Climate West and East Concluding Remarks 6. Ambience and Embodiment of Transcendental Dreams Converting the World Images of America's Golden Age Transcendental Dreams and Earthly Fiction 7. Transcendentalist Periodicals and the Orient Literary Religion and Social Reform: The Western Messenger, The Dial, The Present, The Harbinger, and The Spirit of the Age The Universal and the Particular: The Cincinnati Dial, The Radical, The Index, and the Journal of Speculative Philosophy 8. Patterns in Literary Religion: The Orient and the Second Cycle of Transcendentalism Beginnings: Lydia Maria Child and The Progress of Religious Ideas Unitarian Transcendentalism: James Freeman Clarke and Elizabeth Peabody Universal Religion: John Weiss and Samuel Johnson The Sympathetic Universalism of William Rounseville Alger Octavius Brooks Frothingham's Religion of Humanity and Moncure Conway's Anthropocentrism 9. Conclusion Drawing Conclusions in the Drawing Room Artists and Asia Popular Ramifications The Twentieth Century Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780195076585
ISBN-10: 0195076583
Series: Religion in America
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 1st April 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.5  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.65