Transcendentalist Periodicals

Todd H. Richardson

in The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195331035
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Transcendentalist Periodicals

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This article talks about Transcendentalist periodicals and the kind of policy they followed. Periodicals are social texts involving complex relationships among writers, readers, editors, publishers, and distributors. But Transcendentalist periodicals were far more this; they often served refreshingly open discussion environments in which the conflicting beliefs of the movement and the movement's conflicting beliefs of itself took their shape. The article states that the periodicals were wonderfully dialogic and possessed an open-ended conversational quality, but for a unifying editorial mission. The periodicals also revealed a great deal about the character of the movement, as first and foremost, Transcendentalism was a movement that continued with vitality, not just in legacy of individual luminaries, though the periodicals actualized that vitality in an incredible diversity of voices, personalities, and ideals through a complex textual space in which they found expression, conflict, harmony, and power.

Keywords: periodicals; vitality; American Periodicals; messenger; movement

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century)

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