Hi everyone —
Well, the verdict came in that it was better for a majority in this seminar to tinker with the calendar, and work with two-week chunks of reading / blogging, rather than new material every work. I hope this might prompt some more blogging entries, especially from folks who’ve yet to contribute. Thanks to all who have done so, thus so far: it’s been a great conversation.
The new condensed readings are up for weeks 5 & 6. A minilecture intro. to Emerson, why and how he is important for the history of American environmentalism, and the ways in which he critically telegraphed Swedenborgian thought, is forthcoming, as well as a new discussion forum for folks to engage with. In the meantime, you can start with the Albanese and excerpts from Emerson’s challenging “Nature” essay. (and until the minilecture goes live, for all you die-hard Emersonians, I’ve linked in a little nifty documentary about his life and legacy).
We will talk a bit about Emerson and the Transcendentalists during our weekly virtual seminar tomorrow (provided we all get through election day!), and weave in some of the wonderful reflections all of you have left on the last two week’s page pertaining to gardens.
I look forward to seeing some of you during the “skype in” tomorrow, or reading your words on the blog otherwise….