Chapter 1 elaborates the three categories of this book's title, beginning with the unique case of assimilative influence at work in the relationship between Coleridge and Emerson. This will be followed by an examination of how the burgeoning field of transatlantic studies has opened new circulatory spaces to investigate Transatlantic Transcendentalism, and finally, an account of how Coleridge's commitment to mediating the categories of nature, spirit, and humanity characterized an overarching Romantic concern that transcended national boundaries. Thus this book is not just an “influence study” of one writer upon another, but rather the relationship between Coleridge and Emerson serves as a lens to magnify the ways in which ideas transferred across thinkers, oceans, and time periods, on one hand forging enduring legacies while also warping, reinterpreting, and renewing those ideas in new climates.
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