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West of Emerson roughs up genteel literary history: Fresonke argues for a fresh mix of American literature, one based on the far reaches of American territory and American literary endeavor. Reading into the record the unexplored writings of Lewis and Clark, Zebulon Pike, Stephen Long, and William Emory, Fresonke forges surprising connections between the American West and the American visions emanating from the neighborhood of Walden Pond. These connections open a new view of the politics--and, by way of the notion of "design," the theological lineage--of manifest destiny. Finally, Fresonke's book shows how the cast of the American canon, no less than the direction of American politics, came to depend on what design one placed on the continent.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 Knowledge West (U, S, )Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 Knowledge West (U, S, )Frontier and pioneer life West (U, S, ) Historiography, United States Territorial expansion Historiography