By Anita Haya Patterson
This booklet lines a provocative line from Emerson's paintings on race, reform, and id to paintings via 3 influential African- American thinkers--W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., and Cornel West--each of whom deals refined engagement with either the culture of written protest and the critique of liberalism Emerson formed. Emerson has been forged in contemporary debate as both an antinomian or an ideologue--as both subversive of institutional controls or indebted to capitalism. right here, Patterson contributes a extra nuanced view, probing Emerson's list and its cultural and historic matrix to record a primary rhetoric of contradiction--a strategic aligning of hostile political concepts--that enabled him to either verify and critique parts of the liberal democratic version. Drawing richly on issues in political philosophy, legislations, faith, and cultural heritage, Patterson examines the character and implications of Emerson's contradictory rhetoric in components I and II. partly III she considers Emerson's legacy from the viewpoint of African-American highbrow background, settling on clean continuities and the most important discontinuities among the canonical pressure of protest writing Emerson helped determine and African-American literary and philosophical traditions.
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