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Emerson, creativity and criticism

Greenham, David


David Greenham
Director of Research and Scholarship/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

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Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed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


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