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Classroom Issues and Strategies Given the difficulty students often have with Emersons style and allusions it seems very important to address Emerson not as the proponent of a unified philosophy or movement eg Transcendentalism or Romanticism but as a writer concerned with his audience and his peers and constructing himself as an American scholarpoetseer This might lead to for example focusing on what specific definitions or categories Emerson faces categories such as what is literary and what is poetic what authorizes a scholar as learned And it leads to paying attention to how Emerson characterizes his audience or reading public how he addresses their difficulties and expectations and how he represents his times Working from Emersons journals can be extremely useful in this context students can see a writer proposing and reflecting and revising his own articulations Emersons vocabulary and references can be investigated not simply as a given style but as material being tested often being critiqued as it is being used His method of writing can be investigated as a self-reflective experimentation in which Emerson proposes situations or claims explores their implications and often returns to restate or resituate the issue It can be particularly useful to have students read some of Emersons college journals which show his uncertainty about how to become an American scholar or poet The journals like The American Scholar show Emerson teaching himself how to read differently from the ways advocated by past cultures and educational institutions They show him sorting through the conflicting array of resources and texts available to a young man in his circumstances and times Students can also situate Emerson in a range of cultural relationships by using Kenneth W Camerons fascinating source books that reprint contemporary materials such as Emerson Among His Contemporaries Hartford Transcendental Books 1967 or Ralph Waldo Emersons Reading Hartford Transcendental Books 1962 or Emerson the Essayist Raleigh Thistle Press 1945 Major Themes Historical Perspectives and Personal
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