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Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement

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監督 : Ashton Nichols: Dickinson College
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制作国 : USA
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24 X 30分

Where did the America we know today?so different in its fundamental views about almost every aspect of life as to be unrecognizable to our countrymen of two centuries ago?really come from? How, for example, did the colonial idea of the classroom as a place devoted to "breaking the will" and "subduing the spirit" of students, change to that of a vibrant, even pleasurable experience?including innovations such as kindergarten and recess?with children encouraged to participate actively in their own education? What forces eventually enabled our nation to see slavery as morally abhorrent and unequivocally wrong , when we had once passed a law permitting the capture and return of escaped slaves who managed to make their way to the "free" North? How did the struggle for women's rights?not just for the right to vote but also to have control over their own aspirations and destinies?gain the momentum to unleash changes still felt today? Why did the once-unassailable power wielded from the pulpit begin to weaken in the 1800s? Why did certain theologies become more liberal and increasing numbers of people choose less dogmatic expressions of faith?or even no faith at all? What are the roots of our love for nature, of the near-spiritual experience so many of us now find in the ripple of a stream in the morning sun or the thunderous roar of ocean waves? Finally, and perhaps most important of all, what is the source of our distinctly American way of experiencing ourselves?confident in our value as individuals, certain of our ability to discover personal truths in the natural world, self-reliant in the face of uncertainty and change? Answers to questions like these are found in and around Boston and the town of Concord, Massachusetts, which became, little more than five decades after the American Revolution, the epicenter of a profoundly influential movement that would reshape many beliefs and make possible the America we know today. That movement is Transcendentalism. Drawing on an array of influences from Europe and the non-Western world, it also offered uniquely American perspectives of thought: an emphasis on the divine in nature, on the value of the individual and intuition, and on belief in a spirituality that might "transcend" one's own sensory experience to provide a more useful guide for daily living than is possible from empirical and logical reasoning.

24 Lectures

    1Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism
    2The Roots of American Transcendentalism
    3Emerson and the Idea of America
    4Emerson and Transcendentalism
    5Emerson’s Influence
    6Thoreau—An American Original
    7Thoreau at Walden and Beyond
    8Thoreau's Politics
    9William Ellery Channing and Unitarianism
    10Theodore Parker—Social Reform in the Pulpit
    11Amos Bronson Alcott
    12Louisa May Alcott
    13Margaret Fuller and Rights for Women
    14Transcendental Women
    15Moncure Conway—Southern Transcendentalist
    16Transcendental Eccentrics
    17Transcendental Utopias—Living Experiments
    18Transcendentalism and Education
    19Thoreau, Abolition, and John Brown
    20Frederick Douglass
    21Emily Dickinson
    22Walt Whitman
    23Transcendentalism's 19th-Century Legacy
    24The Legacy in the 20th Century and Beyond

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