By Arthur Versluis
The 1st significant examine because the Thirties of the connection among American Transcendentalism and Asian religions, and the 1st complete paintings to incorporate post-Civil battle Transcendentalists like Samuel Johnson, this publication is encyclopedic in scope. starting with the inception of Transcendentalist Orientalism in Europe, Versluis covers the complete background of yank Transcendentalism into the 20th century, and the profound impression of Orientalism at the movement--including its analogues and impacts in global non secular discussion. He examines what he calls "positive Orientalism," which acknowledges the price and perennial truths in Asian religions and cultures, not just within the writings of significant figures like Thoreau and Emerson, but additionally in modern renowned magazines. Versluis's exploration of the effect of Transcendentalism at the twentieth-century research of comparative religions has ramifications for the examine of spiritual heritage, comparative faith, literature, politics, heritage, and artwork history.
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