Emerson, Dante, and American Nationalism

Kathleen Verduin

in Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199584628
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739095 | DOI:
Emerson, Dante, and American Nationalism

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This chapter considers how Dante as national poet was presented as a model for the American artist, and how Ralph Waldo Emerson's reading of the Italian poet reflected, on the one hand, a will to assert national distinction and independence, and on the other, an impulse toward cultural continuity.

Keywords: Ralph Waldo Emerson; Dante; American artist; national poet

Chapter.  7164 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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