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Mr. Emerson's Revolution

Jean McClure Mudge


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1Steven Brown writes on nineteenth century environmental aesthetics in American literature and history. Brown is also a widely-published poet and photography critic. He is currently co-editor for Edition Galerie Vevais, Germany and a PhD candidate in Harvard’s American Studies program.

2Phyllis Cole, Professor of English, Women’s Studies and American Studies at Penn State Brandywine, is a past President of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society (2004-2005) and winner of the Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award (2011). Her work on Emerson and the Transcendentalist movement includes many articles and the book, Mary Moody Emerson and The Origins of Transcendentalism: A Family History (Oxford University Press, 1998), runner-up for the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize. Her recent work has focused on the legacy of Margaret Fuller. She is co-editor of the essay collection, Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism (University of Georgia Press, 2014). E-mail:

3Len Gougeon, Professor of American Literature and Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, is the author of Virtue’s Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform (University of Georgia Press, 1990), Emerson’s Truth, Emerson’s Wisdom (American Transcendental Press, 2010), Emerson & Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero (SUNY Press, 2011), and coeditor of Emerson’s Antislavery Writings (Yale University Press, 2002). In 2008, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Emerson Society. His most recent work is “Militant Abolitionism: Douglass, Emerson, and the Rise of the Anti-Slave,” in The New England Quarterly. Currently, he is at work on a book dealing with the cultural warfare that occurred between America and Great Britain as a result of tensions and conflicts arising from the Civil War and the struggle to end slavery. E-mail:

4Alan Hodder, Rosamond Stewardson Taylor Professor of the Comparative Study of Religion at Hampshire College, teaches a wide array of courses in early American literature and religious history, and world religions. He is the author of Thoreau’s Ecstatic Witness (Yale University Press, 2001) and Emerson’s Rhetoric of Revelation: Nature, the Reader, and the Apocalypse Within (Penn State University Press, 1989). Together with Robert Meagher, he is also the co-editor of The Epic Voice (Praeger, 2002). In addition, he is the author of numerous articles and review essays on such topics as Puritan pulpit rhetoric, Transcendentalist spirituality, early American orientalism, Whitman’s poetry and poetics, and American nature writing. E-mail:

5Wesley T. Mott, Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is author of “The Strains of Eloquence”: Emerson and His Sermons (Penn State University Press, 1989). He has edited several reference books on New England Transcendentalism and antebellum literature. He has also edited volumes of the writings of both Emerson (vol. 4 of The Complete Sermons ) and Thoreau (vol. 9 of The Journal: 1854-1855 [forthcoming]). In 1989, he organized the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, which he has served as secretary/treasurer, president, and, for twenty years, publisher of its newsletter, Emerson Society Papers; he is also a recipient of the Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award. He is editor of Ralph Waldo Emerson in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2014). E-mail:

6Jean McClure Mudge, Yale Ph. D. (American Studies), and independent scholar/documentary filmmaker, is the editor of Mr. Emerson’s Revolution. Mudge has written four books and several articles, among them Emily Dickinson and the Image of Home (University of Massachusetts Press, 1975; 2nd ed., 1976), which discussed Emerson’s influence on Dickinson. Her award-winning documentary series on early American writers, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville and Edgar Allan Poe has been shown on PBS, in leading festivals, and in U. S. embassies. Funded by several grants, including one from the Emerson Society, she began this collaborative book project in 2002. She has also written a documentary script about Emerson. At the American Literature Association in 2012, she presented a paper on “The Emerson-Lincoln Relationship.” Mudge has recently edited the posthumous work of her husband, ecumenical ethicist Lewis Mudge, We Can Make the World Economy a Sustainable Global Home (Eerdmans, 2014). See

7David M. Robinson is Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Oregon State University. He is author of Emerson and the Conduct of Life (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Natural Life: Thoreau’s Worldly Transcendentalism (Cornell University Press, 2004). From 1988 through 2008, he was author of the chapter “Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller and Transcendentalism” for the annual publication American Literary Scholarship (Duke University Press). He has served as Fulbright Guest Professor at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. E-mail:

8Beniamino Soressi holds a B.A./M.A., summa cum laude in philosophy from the University of Parma, where he also received his doctorate and currently serves as a teaching assistant of Theoretical Philosophy. He has translated into Italian, written introductions for, and edited several collections of Emerson’s essays, including The Conduct of Life. He has published the monograph Ralph Waldo Emerson: il pensiero e la solitudine, with a foreword by Alessandro Ferrara (Armando, 2004). This book is a systematic analysis, along interpretive lines suggested by Stanley Cavell, of Emerson as a thinker who stands at the intersection of modern Continental philosophy, American Idealism, American Pragmatism, and Nietzschean philosophy. Soressi will publish another monograph about Emerson with Edwin Mellen Press. E-mail:

9John Stauffer is a Harvard University professor of English and American Literature, American Studies and African American Studies. He is a leading authority on antislavery, the Civil War era, social protest movements and photography. Stauffer’s eight books include The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (Harvard University Press, 2002) and Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (Twelve, 2008), which both won numerous awards.


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