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Aesthetic Individualism and Practical Intellect_American by Olaf Hansen

By Olaf Hansen

Addressing very important concerns within the present revision of yank literary reports, Olaf Hansen incorporates out an exposition of yankee writing as a philosophical culture. His vast and comparative view of yank tradition finds the significance of the yankee allegory as a real creative and highbrow sort and as a special mode of proposal relatively suited for exhibit the philosophical legacy of transcendentalism. Hansen strains highbrow and cultural continuities and disruptions from Emerson via Thoreau and Henry Adams to William James, paying designated recognition to the modernism of transcendental concept and to its caliber as a legitimate philosophy in its personal correct. fascinated about defining principles of self, selfhood, and subjectivity and with ethical culture as an act of constructing order out of the cosmos, the yankee allegory supplied a simple and regularly ignored hyperlink among transcendentalism and pragmatism. Its "suggestive incompleteness" mixed in a hugely dialectic demeanour the essence of either enlightenment and romanticism. characterised neither by way of absolute objectivity nor by means of absolute subjectivity, it allowed hypothesis concerning the which means of fact and approximately humankind's position in a realm of appearances.

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56. , pp. 58-62. •> Lloyd Goodrich, Thomas Eakins: His Life and Work (New York, 1933), p. 30. CHAPTER 1 ment in time. The efforts on his part are best exemplified in his wellknown boating pictures. At this time, Eakins was still sending some of his work to Gerome in Paris for criticism and advice, both of which he received in good measure, mostly favorable. "14 He himself already had in mind a painting of entirely dif­ ferent proportions. "I have just got a new picture blocked in & it is far more than any­ thing I have ever done," he wrote to Earl Shinn in 1875.

B. Waugh's Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross that had been commissioned in 1874. Eakins, in contrast to Samuel Bell Waugh, moved the style of the portrait into a context of stylistic contradictions, each of which represents one aspect of reality of which the hagiographic portrait is the result, an origin that the portrait often tries to hide. As a result, we see the humanitar­ ian pioneer of the medical profession, dictating his notes and explain­ ing his actions to the future medical doctors in the amphitheater.

In this sense, then, Eakins's painting is the contemporary allegory of Life and Death, a quality that is only thinly disguised underneath its insistence on actu­ ality. As if in anticipation of the jargon of the modern clinic today, the patient, humankind is reduced to "the thigh," in the sense of the paint­ ing of the wound. The hand of the assistant working on the initial incision and the hand of the woman expressing horror are geometri­ cally aligned. The bloody scalpel of the surgeon is slightly elevated to form another straight line with the red pen of the assistant taking notes.

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