The Transparent Eyeball

The Transparent Eyeball is a blog devoted to a collaborative study of Emerson and the innumerable circles of conversation in which he participated and in which we continue to find him. We welcome short—500-1,000 word—submissions from undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, independent scholars, early career as well as established scholars, artists, activists, and the general public. We especially encourage submissions that address Emerson’s relevance in our 21st-century moment; consider him in conversation with philosophers, poets, environmentalists, artists, and activists, within and beyond the nineteenth century; and explore him in transnational and interdisciplinary contexts.


Submissions may take any form—meditations, provocations, polemics, analyses, critical-creative hybrids, personal reflections—but should be original work, jargon-free, and accessible to the general public. Submissions will be received on a rolling basis and reviewed by members of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Media Committee. Submissions may be returned to applicants with suggested revisions. Please submit your Transparent Eyeball contributions to [email protected]


Enlightened Machines?

Author: Jim Rittenhouse Alan Turing was an English mathematician. In 1950 he published a paper entitled “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” in which he described the

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Technically Speaking?

Author: Bill Younglove Ralph Waldo Emerson, like those of his Transcendental Era, believed in speaking for himself. This is evidenced by not only the number

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Emerson and Journaling

Jericho Williams, Spartanburg Methodist College At the small liberal arts school where I work, we begin the fall 2022 semester with an assortment of challenges,

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