Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
Sofia L Trigo
This senior thesis is an exploration of the democratic self in the socio-political stratosphere. It grapples with the philosophical tensions between the individual and the collective that, ultimately, define the contours of American democracy. In particular, this thesis looks at how literary figures throughout the American Renaissance – early to mid 1800s - identified the democratic self and extrapolated its distinctive qualities. By analyzing the writing of Tocqueville, Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman, this thesis attempts to create a through-line between these various authors with regard to the democratic self. Furthermore, this thesis evaluates how persistent themes such as individualism, solitude, self-reliance, and inclusivity, are interpreted across the literature considered. This endeavor concludes with a synthesis pertaining to this literary analysis and a brief consideration of the future of the democratic self amid the tumultuous time of COVID 19.
Trigo, Sofia, "The Democratic Self Amid the American Renaissance" (2020). CMC Senior Theses. 2495.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.