The University Press of Kentucky

2011, 312 pp.


including

14 newly commissioned essays

Invited Lecture at Le Moyne College

Syracuse, New York

Directed a Colloquium on Emerson and Nietzsche in Big Sky, Montana

Essay 

Seeing Metaphors         


in


EMERSON FOR THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Global Perspectives on

an American Icon


Barry Tharaud, editor


University of Delaware Press (2010)

OTHER WORK

Article

The Limits of Instruction:

Pedagogical Remarks on

Lars von Trier’s

The Five Obstructions


Vol. 13 (2009)

Film and Philosophy

    Special Edition:

Teaching Philosophy

Through Film

Essay

Rethinking the First Person

Autobiography, Authorship, and the

Contested Self in Malcolm X


in


THE PHILOSOPHY OF SPIKE LEE

Mark T. Conard, editor


The University Press of Kentucky (2011)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS

created as Coordinating Producer and Consulting Editor


with Academy Award nominated

Director William Jersey

and

Master Cinematographer Robert Elfstrom

click to view catalogue & orderhttp://www.libertyfund.org/videoaudio.aspx

I was chosen by Werner Herzog to participate in his roving educational experiment for the cinematic spirit—Rogue Film School.


RFS is Herzog’s personal, peripatetic, clandestine workshop devoted to the character of one’s soul, the nature of ecstatic truth, the possibility of aesthetic ecstasy, and honestly facing the reality of one’s “inner landscapes.”

Essay

Note to Self:

Learn to Write Autobiographical Remarks

from Wittgenstein


in


WITTGENSTEIN READING


Daniel Steuer, Wolfgang Huemer, and Sascha Bru, eds.



De Gruyter (2013)

Created with ColdWater Media

Article

The False Pretender

Deleuze, Sherman, and

the Status of Simulacra


The Journal of Aesthetics

and Art Criticism


Vol. 69, No. 3 (Summer 2011)

Available

with a preview of content at

Essay

“A Lead Ball of Justice”

The Logic of Retribution and

the Ethics of Instruction

in True Grit

Article

Still, Standing

Anonymous Desire and Unarticulated Threat in

Julian Hibbard’s The Noir A-Z



AFTERIMAGE

The Journal of Media Arts and

Culture Criticism

Vol. 38, No. 5

March/April 2011

Essay 

The Ethics of Contracts,

Conscience, and Courage in

The Insider


in


THE PHILOSOPHY OF MICHAEL MANN

Aeon Skoble, Steven M. Sanders, and

R. Barton Palmer, editors


The University Press of Kentucky (2014)

OTHER VOLUMES

Afterword

Out of Nowhere

Remarks on Julian Hibbard’s

Existential Graphs


in


SCHEMATICS:  A LOVE STORY

Julian Hibbard


Buzz Poole, editor

Mark Batty Publisher, New York



Reviewed on:

Edited Volume

Estimating Emerson

An Anthology of Criticism

from Carlyle to Cavell



Edited with an Introduction

and Annotations

by

David LaRocca


67 celebrated writers

174 years of criticism

736 pages


Bloomsbury 2013

Article

Not Following Emerson:

Intelligibility and Identity in the Authorship of Literature, Science, and Philosophy




Vol. LIV, No. 2, Winter 2013

James B. M. Schick, editor

Podcast

Everyone’s Autobiography

Remarks on Anxiety and Pseudonymity

in the work of

Soren Kierkegaard and

Charlie Kaufman



The New York Public Library

South Court Auditorium

February 16, 2012

Article

The Education of

Grown-ups

An Aesthetics of Reading Cavell


The Journal of Aesthetic Education


Vol. 47, No. 2 (Summer 2013)

An earlier version of the essay was presented

at the conference “Wittgenstein Reading”

Universiteit Gent (Belgium)

June 25, 2010

Article

Performative

Inferentialism

A Semiotic Ethics


Liminalities

A Journal of Performance Studies


Vol. 9, No. 1 (2013)

Essay

Reading

Cavell

Reading


Stanley Cavell, Literature, and Film:

The Idea of America


ed. Andrew Taylor and Aine Kelly (2012)

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

Introduction to Book

Cresting:

A Series of Remarks on

Takashi Homma’s New Waves



New Waves 2000-2013

Photographs by Takashi Homma


September 12 - October 26, 2013




Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 6-8 pm

The artist will be present



Location:

Longhouse Projects

Hudson Square

285 Spring Street

(between Hudson & Varick)

New York, NY 10013

link to exhibitionhttp://longhouseprojects.com/exhibitions/new-waves/

“This immensely learned, deeply thoughtful and far-ranging book helps re-situate Emerson in his own time, and in ours. More than just a work of scholarship, it rises to the level of philosophical investigation. It is also witty, playful and, in its own strange way, original.”

Phillip Lopate

editor of Writing New York and The Art of the Personal Essay

Director of the Graduate Program in Nonfiction, and Professor

Columbia University

“In this elegantly written, scrupulously researched book,

David LaRocca has convincingly demonstrated that, rather than locating a restricted area of inquiry, Natural History constitutes the grounding precondition for Emersonian thinking. [. . .]”

Donald E. Pease

Professor of English and the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, Dartmouth College

“David LaRocca treats Emerson's English Traits with the philosophical seriousness and sophistication the book has long deserved, but never before so richly received. [. . .] This is a valuable contribution to the re-assessment of Emerson's most neglected work, and a distinctive example of creative hermeneutical engagement.”

Neal Dolan

Associate Professor of English, University of Toronto

“In this wonderful book,

David LaRocca illuminates Emerson's mind by, in effect, pursuing his methods. LaRocca's treatment of English Traits is no mere academic summary. [. . .] With a vast range of reference, running from Wittgenstein to Darwin and from Coleridge to Montaigne, and an engagingly 'album'-like structure, the book traces Emersonian connections between topics as remote as the origins of evolutionary theory, the making of commonplace books and the rise of the American anti-slavery movement. It offers a glitteringly many-sided examination of the evolution of Emerson's deeply creative mind in its efforts to arrive at an understanding, not only of England, but also of the nascent American culture that it was in process of helping to form.” 

Bernard Harrison

Emeritus E. E. Ericksen Professor of Philosophy,

University of Utah and

Emeritus Professor of the Humanities, University of Sussex

Bloomsbury 2013

408 pp.

“In this finely crafted and highly original piece of scholarship, LaRocca not only draws attention to one of the most neglected texts in Emerson’s oeuvre, he also presents an extended and insightful meditation on the nature of metaphor and the formation of cultural identity. Like a true florilegium, the collection of remarks continuously surprises—but not with gimmicks, rather with the kind of uncanny observations the method of criticism and arrangement is meant to illuminate. Combining literary sensibility with philosophical acumen, Emerson’s English Traits and the Natural History of Metaphor also prompts urgent and serious reflection on the relation between literature, philosophy and natural science more generally. Its publication is, therefore, as timely as Nietzsche’s Untimely Meditations, and should be greeted with just as much applause.”

Mario von der Ruhr

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Swansea University, Wales, and

Associate Editor of the journal Philosophical Investigations

link to galleryhttp://longhouseprojects.com
Brief
Introduction
to exhibit and
catalogue in
JapaneseDavid_LaRocca_files/Takashi%20Homma%20David%20LaRocca%20Japanese%20text_1.pdf

Essay 

Affect without Illusion

The Films of Edward D. Wood, Jr.

After Ed Wood


in


THE PHILOSOPHY OF TIM BURTON

Jennifer L. McMahon, editor


The University Press of Kentucky (2014)

Italian philosopher, novelist, and editor of

I Have a Book in the Head (Ho un Libro in Testa)


The Philosophical Side of American Literature

Il lato filosofico della letteratura americana


November 13, 2013


Read the interview in Italian online

or click to the left for a copy in English

PDF of interview in EnglishDavid_LaRocca_files/David%20LaRocca%20Responses%20to%20Silvia%20Bellia%20November%202013.pdf

Interviewed by

Silvia Bellia

A Review from Choice:


“With this study, LaRocca emerges as a theorist as well as an important scholar of Emerson in an age when ‘theory’ has become a footnote. His recent edited volume Estimating Emerson (Choice, Nov 2013, 51-1329), which offers cultural/philosophical reflections on Emerson, and his essay "Performative Inferentialism: A Semiotic Ethics" (published in the February 2013 issue of the journal Liminalities) testify to this. The present study stands alone in its treatment of the little-studied English Traits (1856), though LaRocca pays due diligence to the studies that have preceded his. His key concern is how to read Emerson historically (in terms of 19th-century metaphors of natural science) while appreciating him ‘transcendentally’ (as a method of thinking in the 21st). This study performs the Emersonian inheritance of analogy, of seeing the one in the many. In studying English Traits, LaRocca looks at journals, figures, sentences, and paragraphs occurring throughout his essays, and offers reflections on Emerson and the ‘nature’ of metaphor. This study should be read by those who think themselves comfortable with Emerson, and by those who feel abandoned by theory. Mostly, though, this should be read by those who are in interested in figuring the thought that lies beyond reach.”


Summing Up:  Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.

—  R. T. Prus

Professor and Chair of English, Humanities, and Languages

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

MOST RECENT MONOGRAPH

Editor of Volume


The Philosophy of War Films


“A significant contribution to not only the philosophy of the war film but also to philosophy of film itself.”


“The essays are fresh and surprising.”


“Written by an outstanding array of international scholars.”


“Important and timely.”


“Connecting the reality of war with the art of filmmaking.”


“Rich and deeply thought-out consideration of the representation of war on film.”


“[LaRocca] makes many insightful observations, especially over the relation between the truth of war and the images of

war on screen.”

Edited Volume

Essay 

We Were Educated for This?

Paideia, Agonism, and the Liberal Arts


in


GIRLS and PHILOSOPHY:

This Book Isn’t a Metaphor for Anything


Richard Greene and Rachel Robinson-Greene, editors


Open Court (2015)

Edited Volume

Emerson’s

Transcendental Etudes


30 years of

Stanley Cavell’s essays

on Emerson


Edited with preface, annotations,

a general index, and

a citation index


Stanford University Press 2003

in the series

Cultural Memory in the Present

edited by Hent de Vries and

Mieke Bal

From a review in American Literary History:


“In making a new case for the philosophical sophistication of English Traits, LaRocca has achieved his own Emersonian feat, the creation of a new ‘atmosphere in which to think’.”

Jacob Risinger

Assistant Professor of English, The Ohio State University

To read the full review in ALH Online Review click below:

From a review in the Journal of American Studies:


“I imagine David LaRocca having fun composing this book—not because it is in any way frivolous or frolicsome (chapter 1 is titled ‘More Prone to Melancholy’) but because it is an engaging experiment in criticism, an attempt to perform literary study in such a way as to bring its subject to life. [. . . A ] florilegium such as Emerson’s, such as LaRocca’s, emits a kind of ‘bouquet,’ and ‘atmosphere in which to think.’ The patient reader, the reader willing to make ‘interpretive shifts,’ a reader capable of ‘loyalty to the present’ and of reinforcing ‘an openness to the complexity of emerging phenomena,’ will find that atmosphere by turns exhilarating, confusing, enticing, and drowsy with the hum of bees. Nevertheless, the reader must grant that removing Emerson’s writing from a museum and placing it in a florilegium does wonders for its constitution.”


T. S. McMillin

Professor of English, Oberlin College

To read the full review in the Journal of American Studies

click the cover to the right:

Interviewer

Equivalent Simulation

A Conversation with John Opera


AFTERIMAGE

The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism


John Opera is an American photographer who works at the intersection of photographic materiality and light-derived abstraction.

Vol. 42, No. 6 May/June 2015

Director of Documentary Film

Brunello Cucinelli:

A New Philosophy of Clothes



Official Selection of the


New York City

International Film Festival (premiere)


New York City

Independent Film Festival


NewFilmmakers New York

at Anthology Archive


Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

Click on journal cover to read two articles

on Cucinelli in

The Journal of Religion and Business Ethics Vol. 2 (2015)

2013, 38 min.

“This tactfully edited, helpfully annotated collection of essays

makes available a body of work, developing over thirty years,

in which Stanley Cavell has argued the case for Emerson as a

serious philosopher.”

Stephen Mulhall

Professor of Philosophy, Oxford University

in the Times Literary Supplement

“This is the definitive anthology on America’s premier man of

letters — Ralph Waldo Emerson.”

Cornel West

Class of 1943 University Professor, Princeton University

The Messenger (2009)

dir. Oren Moverman


June 15

Return (2011)

dir. Liza Johnson


July 20

Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

dir. Werner Herzog


August 17

BHS related events include presentations by

Sebastian Junger (Restrepo, The Last Patrol) and

Phil Klay (Redeployment)

15 contributors

538 pages


in Mark Conard’s series

The Philosophy of Popular Culture

University Press of Kentucky

2014

Coeditor of Volume


A Power to Translate the World:

New Essays on Emerson and

International Culture


with Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso


The impact of global thinkers on Emerson; Emerson’s impact on global thought



“Emerson was always a transnational thinker, and in this respect as in others, we have yet to catch up with him. This fine, wide-ranging volume will be of considerable help. These essays bring one to Emerson from, and allow one to travel out from his texts towards, a variety of geographical, cultural, and disciplinary regions, often in surprising ways.”


Russell B. Goodman

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

University of New Mexico


“The essays gathered in this superb collection testify to the centrality of the historical and political to [Emerson’s] thinking. Indeed, Emerson here emerges as a truly international writer who himself thought in a setting that far exceeded the boundaries of the national.”


Branka Arsic

Professor of English

Columbia University in the City of New York


“[The book] invigorates by means of sudden discoveries, cross-connections, overlaps, gaps, as each of these ‘prismatic’ essays reflects the question afresh.”


Laura Dassow Walls

William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English

University of Notre Dame

[access the full review by clicking below]

18 contributors

339 pages


in Donald Pease’s series

Remapping the Transnational:

A Dartmouth Series in

America Studies


Dartmouth College Press

University Press of New England

2015

Podcast 

Building a Brand with

Bricks and Beliefs

J. P. Kuehlwein interviews David LaRocca

Book Event:


Cornell University

Department of English


Contributors gather to

discuss the volume.

Please join us.


April 29, 2016

Friday, 4:30-7pm

Goldwin Smith Hall

English Lounge

One of Emerson’s “most astute interpreters . . . LaRocca consistently challenges the limits of academic categorization.”


“Rather than argument, the book is a smart, exciting demonstration of Emersonian thinking and a way to approach his work by its affiliations—to other Emerson texts and to texts by others—and ‘to make allusions coalesce.’

Learned, daring, and lively, LaRocca’s book is the most provocative treatment of Emerson this year.”

Robert D. Habich

Professor of English, Ball State University

Past President of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society

Former Editor of the Emerson Society Papers

from American Literary Scholarship (2013) 3-21

Interviewer

Of Photographing in Ice

A Conversation with Julian Hibbard


AFTERIMAGE

The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism


Julian Hibbard is a British photographer and author who has published The Noir A-Z:

A Modern Abecedary (2009) and Schematics:

A Love Story (2011). LaRocca discusses the earlier projects and picks up with Hibbard in the midst of his latest body of work, Transference.

Vol. 43, No. 6 May/June 2016

LATEST VOLUMES

Editor of New Volume


The Philosophy of

Documentary Film:

Image, Sound, Fiction, Truth


Now Available


Editor of New Volume


The Bloomsbury Anthology of

Transcendental Thought:

From Antiquity to the Anthropocene


Now Available



31 contributors

644 pages


in Mark Conard’s series

The Philosophy of Popular Culture

Rowman & Littlefield

2017

85 iconic philosophers & writers

848 pages


Bloomsbury Academic

2017

“This anthology is a gem! . . .

Get it for yourself and see!”


Thomas E. Wartenberg

Mount Holyoke College

“An impressive selection, including some of the most interesting voices in documentary thought.”


Jonathan Kahana

University of California, Santa Cruz


“Timely. Vital. Engaging. An essential companion to any thinking about documentary cinema. David LaRocca is especially attuned not just to the voices at the heart of theoretical debates but, to my liking, also to those who push out into the practice and craft of documentary filmmaking.”


Paul Cronin

School of the Visual Arts


“This is the collection of essays on documentary film that I have been waiting for. It brings together many of the best classic pieces on documentary theory and practice and a thrilling assortment of new essays by philosophers, films scholars devoted to aesthetic issues and close reading, and documentary filmmakers who teach. The writing throughout is of the highest order, and the promise of genuine (as opposed to tinkertoy) philosophical inquiry is amply kept. LaRocca has done an exemplary job of editing, and his lengthy overview essay which serves as the volume’s introduction is incisive and indispensable.”


George Toles

University of Manitoba


“These works in hand are contemporary perspectives on, for me, the most vibrant practice in contemporary cinema. They call us to think carefully and seriously not only about the truth claims and strategies of specific documentary films but also about why documentaries are so central to our age.”


Timothy Corrigan

University of Pennsylvania


“With the pervasive and facile use of digital manipulation of images in public and private communications, few questions are more important than the question raised by this richly rewarding book—‘What is real and what is fake?’”


Bill Jersey

winner of two Peabodys, Emmys, and Oscar nominations



“From considerations of Plato to Cavell and well beyond, these memorable essays fruitfully explore both truth and make-believe in documentary film, as well as the manifold challenges of discerning the elusive differences between them.”


Lawrence Rhu

University of South Carolina

Podcast 

On Cucinelli’s New Philosophy

of Clothes

Marc Vander Maas interviews David LaRocca

for RadioFreeActon

For a list of available titles visit:


David LaRocca Books

Essays:

Errol Morris:

Re-enactment and Reconception

and

Sofia Coppola:

Fame and Self-Reference


American Independent 3


John Berra, editor


Intellect Books (2016)

Article

Teaching Without Explication:

Pedagogical Lessons from Ranciere’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster

in The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Emperor’s Club


in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC)


Eamonn Dunne, editor


No. 10 (2016)

Essay

The Last Great

Representative

of the Virtues:

MacIntyre after Austen


Jane Austen and Philosophy


ed. Mimi Marinucci (2016)

Great Authors and Philosophy Series

Essay

Hunger in the Heart

of Nature:

Werner Herzog’s Anti-Sentimental Dispatches from the American Wilderness (Reflections on

Grizzly Man)


Dark Nature: Anti-Pastoral Essays in American Literature and Culture


ed. Richard J. Schneider (2016)

Essay

Emerson Recomposed:

Nietzsche’s Uses of His American

‘Soul-Brother’


Nietzsche and the Philosophers


ed. Mark T. Conard (2017)

Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Philosophy

Ecocritical Theory and Practice

in the updated edition of


THE PHILOSOPHY OF

THE COEN BROTHERS

Mark T. Conard, editor


The University Press of Kentucky (2012)

US

Japan

“In this brilliantly edited and introduced anthology, David LaRocca presents us with the broadest selection of authors, philosophers, visionaries, and artists, who have expressed the simple, difficult truths of the transcendental in the most profound and varied of ways.”


Hent de Vries

Russ Family Professor in the Humanities

and Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University;

Director of The School of Criticism and Theory

Cornell University



“Edited with great erudition and care by David LaRocca, the collection will be an indispensable handbook for anybody researching the heritage of that tradition.”


Branka Arsic

Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Columbia University in the City of New York



“[This] volume is more than an overview of a field of study—it is participating in the creation of one.”


Todd May

Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities

Clemson University



“LaRocca assumes more the guise of a curator than an editor, and provides us with a veritable Kunstkammer, that is, a cabinet of curiosities, a theater of memory, a world theater of philosophers, artists, and writers from all ages who have addressed the transcendental as a constant and elemental aspect of philosophy and life.”


Gregg Lambert

Dean’s Professor of Humanities

Syracuse University



“A splendid collection of some of the deepest thoughts of which humans are capable. The book is full of insights and surprises.”


John Lachs

Centennial Professor of Philosophy

Vanderbilt University

“A timely, provocative conversation seeking further to characterize Emerson’s bearing toward the world beyond the US.”


Christopher Hanlon

Professor of English

Arizona State University

[access the full review by clicking below]

LaRocca offers a synoptic anthology of essays that brings to our attention how war films can provoke contemplation and meditation because of the ways that such films inevitably focus on the mortality and vulnerability of human beings. The essays, written by an outstanding array of international scholars, work out various ways in which the genre can compel our thinking to become philosophical. This collection of essays constitute a significant contribution to not only the philosophy of the war film, but also to philosophy of film itself.

-- Daniel Flory, Montana State University


This volume offers rich and deeply thought-out consideration of the representation of war on film and of the ways filmic and now digital representation is deeply entangled with how we experience and think about war (up close or at a distance) in actual life. The book reaches back in film history but is especially provocative on war and its representation in the last decade—the situation we are living with now. The essays are fresh and surprising, showing the whole subject of war and film to be far more interesting, complex, and disturbing than in the standard thinking about war genre films that we are used to.

-- Charles Warren, Boston University


War is a pervasive condition, a constitutive part of human experience. The war film genre is extensive and multiform. It is no surprise, then, that war films are provocations to philosophical thought. This important and timely edited collection has an extensive introduction that seeks answers to vital questions: What sort of a phenomenon is a war film? What do we think we mean when we speak of a war film? What are war films for? Can war as such be represented by film? The essays that follow illuminate myriad ethical, aesthetic, epistemological and ontological issues as they related to a broad range of representations of war.

-- Guy Westwell, Queen Mary University of London


The philosophical reflections compiled in this book look at war films from a variety of perspectives. I commend editor David LaRocca for bringing together scholars who each, in different ways, engage the interdisciplinary mission of the inquiry into how war is depicted on screen. What is the philosophy of film, and then, of war films specifically? Do war films harbor a philosophy – of death, violence, love… - or does philosophy enrich the understanding of the cinematic of war? The Philosophy of War Films explores these questions and many more, connecting the reality of war with the art of filmmaking.

-- Mieke Bal, University of Amsterdam

Invited Book Review

Cinematic Ethics:

Exploring Ethical Experience

through Film


Robert Sinnerbrink




Routledge 2015

Vol. 79, No. 1 Winter 2017

Essay 

The Ballad of

Boba Fett:

Mercenary Agency and

Amoralism in War


in


The Ultimate Star Wars

and Philosophy:

You Must Unlearn

What You Have Learned


Jason T. Eberl and Kevin S. Decker, editors


Wiley Blackwell (2016)

Curator and Moderator of Film Series


Three Film Screenings and Discussions

about Cinematic Representations of

Veterans Returning from the War Front

to the Home Front.


Presented during the summer of 2015

at the Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Interviewer

Art-as-Activism and

Public Discourse

A Conversation with Diane Bush


AFTERIMAGE

The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism


Diane Bush is an American photographer and author of Warheads (2006). LaRocca discusses Bush’s long career of using photographic and image-based art for the purposes of political agitation and social critique.

Vol. 44, No. 4

January/February 2017

Essay 

Memories.

In the End, Is That

All There Is?         


in


Downton Abbey and

Philosophy:

Thinking in that Manor


Adam Barkman and Robert Arp, editors


Open Court (2016)

article published in conjunction with an exhibit and installation

co-curated with Mark Morris in

the Department of Architecture, Art, and Planning at

Cornell University

Article

Legocentrism


in The Senses and Society


Michael Bull and David Howes, editors


Vol. 12, No. 11 (2017)

For this title in the "Re-Mapping the Transnational" series, LaRocca (College at Cortland, SUNY) and Miguel-Alfonso (Univ. of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain) have gathered 17 essays on Ralph Waldo Emerson and his relationship with the literatures across, and between, national boundaries. As a product of the 19th century, Emerson was very much interested in international cultural relationships. This is evident in the essays detailing his interest in Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and India. Yet, as the books in the Dartmouth series propose, the concept of the "transnational" attenuates the role of imperialism and globalism in the critical discussion, cf., essays detailing Emerson's influence on Maurice Maeterlinck, Vicente Huidobro, Rainer Maria Rilke, and others. For the most part, the essays here achieve both perspectives as they uncover the international influence on, and by, Emerson, and establish Emerson's transnational influence on later literature and philosophy. The essays are arranged in four categories: "Emerson beyond Borders in His Time," "Emerson and Global Modernity," "Emerson and the Far East," and "Emerson and the Near East." Although these essays are genealogical and trace influences, they simultaneously call into question origins, intention, and cause and effect. As this collection attests, Emerson is as important in an age of globalization as he was in an age of colonization.

Summing Up: ** Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.


R. T. Prus for Choice Reviews

Professor of English

Southeastern Oklahoma State University




A Power to Translate the World brings together the expertise of established and emerging Emerson scholars to offer seventeen new readings of both “Emerson’s incorporation of international culture and his effect on international culture” (24). Convinced that Emerson can be understood only with the help of an approach that extends beyond the explanatory framework of the nation, the volume’s contributors challenge and refine recent transnational and global interpretations of the Emersonian canon. [...] Refreshingly skeptical about the heuristic potential of the transnational as an analytical tool, LaRocca and Miguel-Alfonso advance something of a post-transnational argument in resurrecting the “perhaps old-fashioned” category of the “international” (6.) [...] In addition to reviving the international as a category, LaRocca and Miguel-Alfonso also make a plea for the rehabilitation of influence studies, seeking to extend its scope from the study of “direct evidence of reading” to a more conjectural engagement with less obvious forms of intellectual cross-pollination [...]


Tim Sommer for Emerson Society Papers (vol. 28, no. 1)

University of Heidelberg

Essay 

Dualing

Conceptions

of History         


in


Hamilton and

Philosophy:

Revolutionary Thinking


Aaron Rabinowitz and Robert Arp,

editors


Open Court (2017)

Essay

“Memory Man”:

The Constitution of

Personal Identity in Memento


The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan


ed. Jason T. Eberl and George A. Dunn



Lexington Books of Rowman & Littlefield  (2017)