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.
Abstract; Foreword by William B. Parsons; Preface by Nathan S. Carlin; Acknowledgements; Author's Introduction; Part One: A Portrait of Emerson; Chapter 1: Methodology; I. A Brief History of Psychohistorical Method; A. Ethical Element of Psychohistory; B. Empathy; C. On Methodological "Impurity"; D. Psychology; E. History; F. Religious and Theological Studies; II. Psychobiography as Hagiography; III. Erikson's Life Cycle Theory and Psychohistorical Method; IV. Conclusion; Chapter 2: Emerson's Disillusionment; I. Introduction; II. Conflict in Emerson's Religious Life; III. Loss of Father, Loss of Tradition; IV. Paternal Aunt Mary; V. Emerson's Earliest Psychosocial Modalities; VI. The Enduring Crisis of Autonomy vs. Shame and Self Doubt; VII. The Martin Gay Fascination; VIII. Creative Formalization and Symbolic Loss; IX. Emerson's Physical Maladies; X. Emerson's First Moratorium; XI. Conclusion; Chapter 3: Emerson as Culture Maker; I. Introduction; II. Exhuming Ellen's Body and The Politics of Mourning; AND MORE.