L3 Course, Winter 2013, “American Transcendentalism”

Assigned reading:

February 28: “Nature,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, selected excerpts: Introduction, Chapter I: Nature, Chapter VIII: Prospects. For full text, click here

March 14: “American Scholar,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

March 21: “Woman in the Nineteenth Century,” by Margaret Fuller, selected excerpts.

March 28: “Transcendental Wild Oats,” by Louisa May Alcott. “Blithedale Romance,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, selected excerpts.

April 11: “Walden,” by Henry David Thoreau, selected excerpts. “Leaves of Grass,” by Walt Whitman, selected excerpts.

Suggested reading:

Ralph Waldo Emerson:



Nathaniel Hawthorne:

Elizabeth Peabody:

Henry David Thoreau:


7 thoughts on “L3 Course, Winter 2013, “American Transcendentalism”

  1. Marilyn Kozodoy reports that Emerson’s Nature as well as many of his other works are free for Kindle readers. It might also be true for Nooks and IPads.

  2. Thanks Patrick for puttimg togrthrr such sn informative site. It is beautiful and very readable.
    As I read Emerson’s waxinb and waning thoughts on the beauty of Nature and it’s submission to and supportof man, I can’t, help whst the Nrw Bedford Whalers thought of all this means.

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