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The Representation of Self in the American Renaissance
Jeffrey Steele
University of North Carolina Press
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"An important contribution to the current debate on the fate of Emersonian idealism in American culture.  Steele interprets the transformation of the romantic self into the modern psyche in terms appropriate both to his nineteenth-century subjects--Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, Whitman, Hawthorne, Poe, and Melville--and to the current subject of critical theories: the social authority of the writer. In this double function, then, this book is an important contribution to reinterpretation of American modernity." John Carlos Rowe, University of California, Irvine  

"The most thorough and wide-ranging examination we have of the major writing of the period of the American Renaissance in the light of modern psychological theory and criticism. An important book." Robert D. Richardson, Jr. University of Denver