Thoreauvian Emerson at Thoreau Annual Gathering

deadline for submissions: 
December 20, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Emerson Society


The Thoreauvian Emerson

The Emerson Society sponsors a panel at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering each summer in Concord, MA. In order to celebrate the Thoreau Bicentennial, honoring Thoreau’s birth in 1817, we seek papers that examine Thoreau’s influence on Emerson. The story of Emerson’s influence on Thoreau is often told, but Thoreau significantly shaped Emerson’s career and thinking. He has also significantly shaped how we think about Emerson today. We seek papers that renew and revitalize our understanding of the relationship between the two transcendentalists by focusing on what is Thoreauvian in Emerson. For information on the conference theme, please visit We will consider papers both on the topic above and the conference theme more generally.

E-mail 300 word abstracts to Roger Thompson ( or David Greenham ( by Feb 5, 2015. Membership in the Emerson Society is required of presenters, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration. The Emerson Society also provides grants that may be of interest to presenters, including a Research Grant and a Graduate Student Paper Award. The travel grant provides $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2017) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2017). More information on grants can be found at the Emerson Society webpage: