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Emerson, creativity and criticism

Greenham, David

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David Greenham
School Director (Research & Enterprise) / Professor


The paper was a keynote. The principal argument was that Ralph Waldo Emerson's unique take on metaphor as the most significant creative literary act could be understood as a key enabler for the development of US literature, especially the symbolism that came to prominence in the American Renaissance.The paper also contends that this creativity liberated literary criticism and raised it to a creative art.


Greenham, D. (2015, April). Emerson, creativity and criticism. Presented at Naturally Emerson: Creative Reading, Self-Reliance and Cultural Agency, Lisbon, Portugal

Presentation Conference Type Keynote
Conference Name Naturally Emerson: Creative Reading, Self-Reliance and Cultural Agency
Conference Location Lisbon, Portugal
Start Date Apr 16, 2015
End Date Apr 18, 2015
Publication Date Apr 17, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 7, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 10, 2016
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Ralph Waldo Emerson, metaphor, symbolism, American Renaissance, literary criticism
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Naturally Emerson


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