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Title: The American Art of Memory: Idealism and the Romantic Constitution of Cognitive Interiority.
Authors: 柯瑞強
Corrigan, John Michael
Contributors: 英文系
Date: 2021-03
Issue Date: 2022-01-04 15:24:02 (UTC+8)
Abstract: This article provides a genealogy of the architectural figuration of human cognition from the ancient world to Renaissance Europe and, finally, to the American Renaissance where it came to possess a striking cultural and literary potency. The first section pursues the two-fold task of elucidating this archetypal trope for consciousness, both its ancient moorings and its eventual transmission into Europe. The second section shows that three of the most prominent writers of the American Renaissance—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne—engaged this mystically inspired architectonic symbolism, employing far older techno-cultural suppositions about interior space. I thereby offer an account of the intellectual and spiritual heritage upon which Romantic writers in the United States drew to articulate cognitive interiority. These Romantics did more than value creativity in contradistinction to Enlightenment rationalism; they were acknowledging themselves as recipients of the ancient belief in cosmogenesis as self-transformation.
Relation: Religion and the Arts, Vol.25, No.1/2, pp.70-98
Data Type: article
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