ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance
George J. Stack
"Nietzsche and Emerson: The Return of the Repressed"
The "repression" of the profound impact that R. W. Emerson's thought, writings, and image had on Nietzsche is examined in terms of the volatile "political" forces that helped suppress and/or minimize this fruitful and illuminating psychointellectual affiliation between two seemingly dissimilar literary philosophers.
The presence of Emerson in Nietzsche's philosophy and psyche, this study argues, can be traced from Nietzsche's earliest essays (with particular reference to Emerson's "Fate")--through letters, thematic signs in various writings, and recurring similar images and concepts--and in signs of Nietzsche's psychic identification with his precursor as idealized imago.