Beyond the Classroom: Essays on American Authors

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University of Missouri Press, 1996 - Всего страниц: 267
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Merton M. Sealts, Jr., a long-respected scholar and teacher of Emerson and Melville, has written, "I shall never tire of such writers, nor absorb all that they have to teach." This new collection of Sealts's essays reflects his many years of classroom experience and ongoing scholarship since his retirement in 1982. Most of these essays were originally delivered as public lectures before diverse audiences beyond the classroom; others first appeared in study pamphlets and as chapters of books.

These lucid essays, though varied in subject, have the commonality of an emphasis on teaching. The first essay, entitled "Emerson as Teacher," demonstrates how Emerson "provoked and inspired and educated his students--and his students' students."

In the most recently written essays Sealts deals with four of Emerson's contemporaries--Whitman, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Melville--who responded variously to Emerson's teachings. A common thread among these four essays is each author's distinctive use of first-person narration.

Teachers of literature at every level will greatly benefit from these highly readable discussions, which illustrate practical strategies for reading and teaching literary works. Included in the appendixes are questions for the study of Melville's Bartleby, Benito Cereno, and Billy Budd, Sailor, which are also treated in individual essays.

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Emerson as Teacher
3
Melville and Whitman
15
Herman Melvilles Bartleby
21
Melvilles Benito Cereno
32
Innocence and Infamy
39
An Authors SelfEducation
65
Melvilles Reading 18531856
74
Pulse of the Continent
86
The Presence of Walt Whitman
129
The I of Walden
146
Hawthornes Autobiographical Impulse
159
Whose Book Is MobyDick?
175
Postscript
189
Questions concerning Herman Melvilles
195
The Melvilles the Gansevoorts and
209
Books Articles and Reviews by Merton M Sealts Jr
248

Emerson Then and Now
96
A Centennial Tribute to Herman Melville
110

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Merton M. Sealts, Jr., is Henry A. Pochmann Professor of English, Emeritus, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society for 1995. He is author or editor of many books on Melville and Emerson, most recently Pursuing Melville, 1940-1980 and Emerson on the Scholar.

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