A psychological, social and political examination of Emerson's life and experience of symbolic loss that demonstrates the importance and purpose of individual and social transformation and revitalizes Emerson's literary importance for contemporary American society.
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"...the maintenance of the American spirit requires heroes, institutions and cultural narratives that can serve to transform archaic narcissistic structures into mature ones. If today's youth are in need of a social space to mourn, to individuate, and to develop that which lies within,... then Kramp has done all of us a service by reinstating Emerson as part of that pantheon. (Professor William B. Parsons, Department of Religious Studies, Rice University) " - some see Emerson as offering a kind of narcissistic and rampant individualism, while other see Emerson as offering a more responsible and relationship-affirming individualism - and Kramp connects these debates to current issues in American society." (Professor Nathan Carlin, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, The University of Texas Medical School)"
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