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Thoreau at two-hundred : essays and reassessments / edited by Kristen Case and K.P. Van Anglen.

  • New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
xxi, 279 pages ; 24 cm
Summary note:
"This volume examines Thoreau's life, writings and thought on the 200th anniversary of his birth. Written by distinguished scholars of Thoreau's life and works, it provides a comprehensive examination of Thoreau's continued relevance today. Subjects covered include Thoreau and the environment, his economic models in Walden, his relation to Native Americans and African Americans, his involvement with the Free Soil movement and abolition, his later reputation, Concord and its history, the Civil War and literary nationalism, his transnational understanding of time and space, his relation to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, literary expressions of our ongoing ecological crisis, and Thoreau as a philosopher and as an exemplar of new dimensions in American religion and spirituality. This book argues that Thoreau was drawn toward empirical, materialist and local, yet also holistic, cosmic and global understandings of nature and experience. It will be of interest to all scholars of Thoreau, and also to American literary studies more widely"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-271) and index.
Introduction / Kristen Case and K.P. Van Anglen -- Part I. Thoreauvian Materialism(s) -- Thoreau's materialism and environmental justice / Lance Newman -- A Free Soiler in his own broad sense: Henry David Thoreau and the Free Soil movement / James S. Finley -- Emancipation from the 'invisible hand': Thoreau's 'economy of living' / Susan E. Gallagher -- Part II. The Local Context -- Thoreau and Concord's black history / Elise C. Lemire -- Red Walden: Thoreau and Native America / Joshua David Bellin -- 'Beyond all men of his day': T.W. Higginson and Thoreau's legacy in postbellum America / Sandra Harbert Petrulionis -- 'The nick of time': coming of age in Thoreau's Concord / Robert A. Gross -- Part III. The Global Context -- Culture and conflict: Thoreau, Great Britain, and the Civil War / Len Gougeon -- Transnational Thoreau: time, space, and relativity / Paul Giles -- Coleridge, Thoreau, and the transatlantic 'riddle of the world' / Samantha C. Harvey and Rochelle L. Johnson -- Vanishing sounds: Thoreau between fable and elegy / Wai Chee Dimock -- Part IV. Thoreauvian Cosmos -- "The value of mutual intelligence": science, poetry, and Thoreau's cosmos / Laura Dassow Walls -- Disaffiliation as engagement / Lawrence Buell -- Thoreau and Cavell: unauthorized versions / Lawrence Rhu -- Thoreau and the new American spirituality / Alan D. Hodder -- The rooster's philosophy, or "the gospel according to this moment" / Robert D. Richardson.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other title(s):
Thoreau at 200
  • 9781107094291 ((hardback))
  • 1107094291 ((hardback))
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