The best part of Emersonianism is, it breeds the giant that destroys itself. Who wants to be any man’s mere follower? Lurks behind every page. No teacher ever taught that has so provided for his pupil’s setting up independently—no truer evolutionist.

–Walt Whitman

You will find here, lurking behind every page, the work  and teaching  from Professor Sean Ross Meehan’s course “Transcendentalism,” exploring the work of three major authors of nineteenth-century American literature: Emerson, Whitman, and Dickinson.

Links to the independent work of his pupil’s can be found through the Student Blogs link under Categories.


For more on Professor Meehan’s work and teaching.

His book Mediating American Autobiography: Photography in Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, and Whitman.

For more on where he works, as an assistant professor of English and director of writing at Washington College.


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