John Muir and the Botanical Oversoul
AbstractThe relation of influence between Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Muir helps to illuminate Muir’s characteristic brand of nature religion, namely his mysticism. This relation is especially clear, I argue, in both Emerson and Muir’s writing on their mystical affinities for plant life. Applying Harold Bloom’s renowned theory of literary influence, I draw lessons from Emerson and Muir’s mystical writings to highlight the ways in which Muir acquired from Emerson the plant-related vocabularies and practices that came to mediate his nature-inspired mysticism and also how Muir can be said to have surpassed Emerson’s own mystical example, thus opening new vistas of consciousness in human–plant relations in the nineteenth-century American religious experience. View Full-Text
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Powell, R.C. John Muir and the Botanical Oversoul. Religions 2019, 10, 92.
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Powell, Russell C. 2019. "John Muir and the Botanical Oversoul." Religions 10, no. 2: 92.
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