GLITS (Goldsmiths Literature Seminar)
This paper will offer a reading of the Transcendentalist philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) from the perspective of Sartrean Existentialism. Emerson’s essays ‘Nature’ (1836), ‘History’ (1841) and ‘Self-reliance’ (1841) will be filtered through selected concepts from Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), namely ‘nothingness’ and ‘commitment’ as defined in Being and Nothingness (1943) and in ‘Existentialism & Humanism’ (1946). Through Emerson, Tanguy will explore American variants of Existentialism to pinpoint the crucial role that intuition plays in Emersonian forms of critical engagement.
Tanguy is a PhD candidate in the department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths. Focusing on selected writings by Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, Tanguy’s research uses theoretical frameworks - ranging from the Sublime and the Existential to the Transcendentalist tradition - to examine the paradoxical ways in which Kerouac and Ginsberg explored the creative potential of destruction and death in their writings.
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|13 Oct 2016||6:30pm - 8:00pm|
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