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American Spaces of Conversion: The Conductive Imaginaries of Edwards, Emerson, and James

Andrea Knutson


This study examines how the concept of conversion and specifically the legacy of the doctrine of preparation, as articulated in Puritan Reformed theology and transplanted to the Massachusetts Bay colony, remained a vital cultural force shaping developments in American literature and philosophy. It begins by discussing the testimonies of conversion collected by the Puritan minister Thomas Shepard, which reveal an active pursuit of belief by prospective church members occurring at the intersection of experience, perception, doctrine, affections, and intellect. This pursuit of belief, codified in ... More

Keywords: conversion, belief, consciousness, habit, method, morphology, Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, pragmatism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195370928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Knutson, author
Oakland University