Thoreaus Sense of Place

The contributors to this stimulating collection address the ways in which Thoreau and his successors attempt to cope with the basic epistemological split between perceiver and place inherent in writing about nature; related discussions ...

Thoreaus Sense of Place

Recent Thoreau studies have shifted to an emphasis on the green" Thoreau, on Thoreau the environmentalist, rooted firmly in particular places and interacting with particular objects. In the wake of Buell's Environmental Imagination, the nineteen essayists in this challenging volume address the central questions in Thoreau studies today: how “green,” how immersed in a sense of place, was Thoreau really, and how has this sense of place affected the tradition of nature writing in America? The contributors to this stimulating collection address the ways in which Thoreau and his successors attempt to cope with the basic epistemological split between perceiver and place inherent in writing about nature; related discussions involve the kinds of discourse most effective for writing about place. They focus on the impact on Thoreau and his successors of culturally constructed assumptions deriving from science, politics, race, gender, history, and literary conventions. Finally, they explore the implications surrounding a writer's appropriation or even exploitation of places and objects.

Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination

James McGrath, "Ten Ways of Seeing Landscapes in Walden and Beyond," in Thoreau's Sense of Place: Essays in American Environmental Writing, ed. Richard Schneider (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000), 153. 32.

Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination

Disciplinary disobedience -- The seeds and fruit of thoreauvian thought -- Social structure and the American individual -- "Progress," social development, and social change -- Thoreau's social inquiry -- Thoreau as a model for "reimagining" sociology.

American Icons

the human place in the natural world, the message Thoreau has come to represent will resonate with a wider audience, even if that message takes what it may from his ... Thoreau's Sense of Place: Essays in American Environmental Writing.

American Icons


Concord in Massachusetts Discord in the World

Within the past few years , scholars increasingly focused on Thoreau's sense of place and view of land ( scape ) .21 In the years before , academic studies analyzed almost every conceivable aspect of Thoreau's works , among them his ...

Concord in Massachusetts  Discord in the World

«Reading Thoreau's Journal, I discover any idea I've ever had worth its salt, » notes the American composer John Cage in 1968. Upon reading the words of nineteenth-century nature philosopher Henry Thoreau, Cage is immediately fascinated with the Transcendentalist's ideas, in particular his views on music and silence. Recognizing his own beliefs in Thoreau's writings, Cage began to rely heavily on the thoughts of the nineteenth-century man and implement them as the basis for his own compositions - both musical and written. Drawing on the complete oeuvres of Cage's and Thoreau's written works, this book surveys the intertextual relation between the writings of the two men. In the juxtaposition of these authors' aesthetics, this book reveals surprising overlaps in the thoughts of Cage and Thoreau.

Henry David Thoreau in Context

He is co-editor of two volumes of the Princeton edition Journal and of Figures of Friendship: Emerson and Thoreau (2010); ... He is the author of three books – Mapping the Invisible Landscape: Folklore, Writing, and the Sense of Place; ...

Henry David Thoreau in Context

Well known for his contrarianism and solitude, Henry David Thoreau was nonetheless deeply responsive to the world around him. His writings bear the traces of his wide-ranging reading, travels, political interests, and social influences. Henry David Thoreau in Context brings together leading scholars of Thoreau and nineteenth-century American literature and culture and presents original research, valuable synthesis of historical and scholarly sources, and innovative readings of Thoreau's texts. Across thirty-four chapters, this collection reveals a Thoreau deeply concerned with and shaped by a diverse range of environments, intellectual traditions, social issues, and modes of scientific practice. Essays also illuminate important posthumous contexts and consider the specific challenges of contextualizing Thoreau today. This collection provides a rich understanding of Thoreau and nineteenth-century American literature, political activism, and environmentalist thinking that will be a vital resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers.

Settler Common Sense

In Thoreau's Sense of Place: Essays in American Environmental Writing, edited by Richard J. Schneider, 235–43. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000. ———. “Walden: Climbing the Canon.” In More Day to Dawn: Thoreau's Walden for the ...

Settler Common Sense

In Settler Common Sense, Mark Rifkin explores how canonical American writers take part in the legacy of displacing Native Americans. Although the books he focuses on are not about Indians, they serve as examples of what Rifkin calls “settler common sense,” taking for granted the legal and political structure through which Native peoples continue to be dispossessed. In analyzing Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables, Rifkin shows how the novel draws on Lockean theory in support of small-scale landholding and alternative practices of homemaking. The book invokes white settlers in southern Maine as the basis for its ethics of improvement, eliding the persistent presence of Wabanaki peoples in their homeland. Rifkin suggests that Henry David Thoreau’s Walden critiques property ownership as a form of perpetual debt. Thoreau’s vision of autoerotic withdrawal into the wilderness, though, depends on recasting spaces from which Native peoples have been dispossessed as places of non-Native regeneration. As against the turn to “nature,” Herman Melville’s Pierre presents the city as a perversely pleasurable place to escape from inequities of land ownership in the country. Rifkin demonstrates how this account of urban possibility overlooks the fact that the explosive growth of Manhattan in the nineteenth century was possible only because of the extensive and progressive displacement of Iroquois peoples upstate. Rifkin reveals how these texts’ queer imaginings rely on treating settler notions of place and personhood as self-evident, erasing the advancing expropriation and occupation of Native lands. Further, he investigates the ways that contemporary queer ethics and politics take such ongoing colonial dynamics as an unexamined framework in developing ideas of freedom and justice.

Dispersion

18 Wildness held a particularly important place in Thoreau's philosophical beliefs, given its relationship to “absolute ... “Rustling Thoreau's Cattle: Wildness and Domesticity in 'Walking,'” in Thoreau's Sense of Place: Essays in ...

Dispersion

Plants are silent, still, or move slowly; we do not have the sense that they accompany us, or even perceive us. But is there something that plants are telling us? Is there something about how they live and connect, how they relate to the world and other plants that can teach us about ecological thinking, about ethics and politics? Grounded in Thoreau's ecology and in contemporary plant studies, Dispersion: Thoreau and Vegetal Thought offers answers to those questions by pondering such concepts as co-dependence, the continuity of life forms, relationality, cohabitation, porousness, fragility, the openness of beings to incessant modification by other beings and phenomena, patience, waiting, slowness and receptivity.

Natural Life

Thoreau's Worldly Transcendentalism David Robinson ... Rosenwald , Lawrence A. “ The Theory , Practice , and Influence of Thoreau's Civil Disobedience . ... In Thoreau's Sense of Place : Essays in American Environmental Writing .

Natural Life

Explains why, 150 years after the publication of Walden, this key work of Henry David Thoreau remains fascinating and important, in an in-depth look at the life of the author and his ideas on personal growth, with special interest paid to the later phases of his career.

The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau

In keeping with his Romantic sense that the ordinary, when perceived rightly, can be the occasion for life's most important ... Thoreau believes that the visitor and the native have fundamentally different experiences of a place.29 The ...

The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau

This title explores the religious nature of ""Thoreau's Journal"". Most people who care about nature cannot help but use religious language to describe their experience of it. We can trace many of these conceptions of nature and holiness directly to influential nineteenth-century writers, especially Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). In Walden, he writes that 'God himself culminates in the present moment', and that in nature we encounter, 'the workman whose work we are'. But what were the sources of his religious convictions about the meaning of nature in human life? As the most comprehensive study of Thoreau's spirituality from a Christian perspective, ""The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau"" is the first to seriously examine connections between Thoreau's religious practices and those of his Protestant forebears. While a few writers have considered the relation between Thoreau's thought and Christian doctrine, this book instead outlines the links between Thoreau's religious practices (such as keeping a spiritual journal, studying nature, and walking) and those of earlier New England Protestants. This work is also the first study to compare his journal with the spiritual journals of prominent Puritans, Anglicans, Methodists, and Quakers. It is also one of the first books to treat spiritual journals as a distinct literary genre, while comparing theological expectations of nature ranging from the American Puritan Jonathan Edwards to nineteenth-century Romantic walkers and Thoreau's fellow Transcendentalists.

Nineteenth Century Prose

Sattelmeyer , Thoreau's Reading , 78-92 ; William Rossi , “ Thoreau's Transcendental Ecocriticism , " in Thoreau's Sense of Place : Essays in American Environmental Writing , ed . Richard Schneider ( U of Iowa P , 2000 ) , 28-43 ...

Nineteenth Century Prose


Picturesque Literature and the Transformation of the American Landscape 1835 1874

Qtd . in Templeman , " Thoreau , Moralist of the Picturesque , " 870 . 63. For this characterization of the picturesque , see John Barrell , The Idea of Landscape and the Sense of Place , 1730-1840 ( Cambridge : Cambridge University ...

Picturesque Literature and the Transformation of the American Landscape  1835 1874

This work challenges dominant narratives of the concerns of nineteenth century literature to show how supposedly minor works of picturesque helped transform the American landscape, and create what we now recognize as the defining spaces of American life.

s World D meubl

Hoag 1995: Hoag, Ronald W. “Thoreau's Later Natural History Writings.” The Cambridge Companion to Hanry David Thoreau. Ed. Joel Myerson. Cambridge UP, 1995. ... Thoreau's Sense of Place. Essays in American Environmental Writing.

                     s World D  meubl

This volume is a collection of words in honor of our colleague, teacher and friend Yordan Kosturkov. It is but a feeble attempt to lock within book covers, not unlike the bare walls of an unfurnished room, the rich and multifaceted world the writer, poet, scholar, translator, intellectual and human being Kosturkov has been building for many decades, brick by brick, stone by stone. The first part in this collection revolves around the idea of the rational and disciplined knowledge in constructing Arguments. The second and somewhat unruly part strives to capture the elusive and the emotional, as well as the (mis)remembered in our Affinities. The third gives our readers the record of the archeologist who has embarked on an excavation in the Archives. It is in the dynamics between these three parts that the editors have tried to approximate the sense of the world created and inhabited by Yordan Kosturkov, if we threw all furniture out the window.

Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana

Thoreau and the American Indian. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977. Schneider, Richard J., ed. Thoreau's Sense of Place: Essays in American Environmental Writing. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000. Seybold, Ethel.

Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana

Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana critically examines selected works of writers, from the sixth century to the twenty-first century, who were imprisoned for their beliefs. Chapters explore figures' lives, provide close analyses of their works, and offer contextualization of their prison writings.

Making Nature Sacred

Actual Walden Pond,” in Thoreau's Sense of Place: Essays in American Environmental Writing, ed. Richard J. Schneider (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000), pp. 235–243; Robert Kuhn McGregor, A Wider View of the Universe, esp. pp.

Making Nature Sacred

Since colonial times, the sense of encountering an unseen, transcendental Presence within the natural world has been a characteristic motif in American literature and culture. American writers have repeatedly perceived in nature something beyond itself-and beyond themselves. In this book, John Gatta argues that the religious import of American environmental literature has yet to be fully recognized or understood. Whatever their theology, American writers have perennially construed the nonhuman world to be a source, in Rachel Carson's words, of "something that takes us out of ourselves." Making Nature Sacred explores how the quest for "natural revelation" has been pursued through successive phases of American literary and intellectual history. And it shows how the imaginative challenge of "reading" landscapes has been influenced by biblical hermeneutics. Though focused on adaptations of Judeo-Christian religious traditions, it also samples Native American, African American, and Buddhist forms of ecospirituality. It begins with Colonial New England writers such Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards, re-examines pivotal figures such as Henry Thoreau and John Muir, and takes account of writings by Mary Austin, Rachel Carson, and many others along the way. The book concludes with an assessment of the "spiritual renaissance" underway in current environmental writing, as represented by five noteworthy poets and by authors such as Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Marilynne Robinson, Peter Matthiessen, and Barry Lopez. This engaging study should appeal not only to students of literature, but also to those interested in ethics and environmental studies, religious studies, and American cultural history.

Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau's Sense of Place: Essays in American Environmental Writing. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000. Schofield, Edmund A. “'Burnt Woods': Ecological Insights into Thoreau's Unhappy Encounter with Forest Fire.

Henry David Thoreau

"Walden. Yesterday I came here to live." That entry from the journal of Henry David Thoreau, and the intellectual journey it began, would by themselves be enough to place Thoreau in the American pantheon. His attempt to "live deliberately" in a small woods at the edge of his hometown of Concord has been a touchstone for individualists and seekers since the publication of Walden in 1854. But there was much more to Thoreau than his brief experiment in living at Walden Pond. A member of the vibrant intellectual circle centered on his neighbor Ralph Waldo Emerson, he was also an ardent naturalist, a manual laborer and inventor, a radical political activist, and more. Many books have taken up various aspects of Thoreau's character and achievements, but, as Laura Dassow Walls writes, "Thoreau has never been captured between covers; he was too quixotic, mischievous, many-sided." Two hundred years after his birth, and two generations after the last full-scale biography, Walls renews Henry David Thoreau for us in all his profound, inspiring complexity. Drawing on Thoreau's copious writings, published and unpublished, Walls presents a Thoreau vigorously alive, full of quirks and contradictions: the young man shattered by the sudden death of his brother; the ambitious Harvard College student; the ecstatic visionary who closed Walden with an account of the regenerative power of the Cosmos. We meet the man whose belief in human freedom and the value of labor made him an uncompromising abolitionist; the solitary walker who found society in nature, but also found his own nature in the society of which he was a deeply interwoven part. And, running through it all, Thoreau the passionate naturalist, who, long before the age of environmentalism, saw tragedy for future generations in the human heedlessness around him. "The Thoreau I sought was not in any book, so I wrote this one," says Walls. The result is a Thoreau unlike any seen since he walked the streets of Concord, a Thoreau for our time and all time.--Dust jacket.

Visibility beyond the Visible

Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers”, Thoreau Quarterly, XVI/3-4 (Summer/Fall 1984), 93-118. ... Rossi, William, “Thoreau's Transcendental Ecocentrism”, in Thoreau's Sense of Place, Essays in American ...

Visibility beyond the Visible

Visibility beyond the Visible. The Poetic Discourse of American Transcendentalism is the first study to entirely deal with the poetics of American Transcendentalism. The author takes it for granted that the major New England transcendentalists were writers of utmost literary significance and so focuses thoroughly on their extremely rich and many-sided poetic discourse. The book’s inevitable European perspective only enhances its preoccupation with the Americanness of the New England Transcendentalists, thus making it emphasize, in all the aspects of its concern, the uniqueness of the interrelation between place-sense and artistry which the transcendentalists’ writings offer. Because most of these writings hold iconic stature as American masterpieces, both scholars and lay readers will welcome Visibility beyond the Visible. The Poetic Discourse of American Transcendentalism as opening novel horizons for greater insights, deeper understandings, and further exploration of the poetic complexities of Emerson’s, Thoreau’s, M. Fuller’s, and their co-thinkers’ work.

Thoreau on Land

Nature's Canvas Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau Society Joseph O. Valentine, Joe Valentine. A Sort of Harmony : The Village and a Sense of Place Thoreau had mellowed with the years . He found time to stop and gossip with his townsmen on ...

Thoreau on Land

The Spirit of Thoreau series is a fresh new collection of Thoreau's best writing and thinking on various themes, drawn from both unpublished and published sources. THOREAU ON LAND NATURE'S CANVAS Edited by Joseph Valentine This elegant volume chronicles Thoreau's fascination with nature, from his well-known reflections on Walden to an unexpected meeting with loggers in the woods: "No doubt our employment is more alike than we suspect, and we are each serving the great Master's needs more than our own." He shows a Thoreau much broader in his interests and sympathies than most of us imagine.

Henry David Thoreau

... Jonathan Schell, W.S. Merwin, al Gore, and rebeccca Solnit. in a far broader sense, Thoreau's master, emerson, ... till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality, and say, This is, and no mistake; ...

Henry David Thoreau

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a story she wrote at the age of 19, is still a popular tale to this day, remarkable not only for its striking plot but also its Romantic elements. Part of the Bloom's Classic Critical Views series, this book includes selections of some of the best historical criticism about Mary Shelley and her works.

Walden s Shore

14. Sense: Richard J. Schneider, ed., Thoreau's Sense of Place (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000), ix. Biocentrism: Lawrence Buell, The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation ofAmerican Culture ...

Walden s Shore

Walden's Shore explores Thoreau's understanding of the "living rock" on which life's complexity depends--not as metaphor but as physical science. Robert Thorson's subject is Thoreau the rock and mineral collector, interpreter of landscapes, and field scientist whose compass and measuring stick were as important to him as his plant press.

CliffsNotes on Thoreau Emerson and Transcendentalism

The theme of travel is an important one in Thoreau's writings, operating on both literal and metaphorical levels, closely bound to the author's powerful sense of place. Thoreau took pains to emphasize that seeking exotic locations in ...

CliffsNotes on Thoreau  Emerson  and Transcendentalism

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. CliffsNotes on Thoreau, Emerson, and Transcendentalism explores in depth, but also in easy-to-understand terms, transcendentalism—the religious, political, and literary movement that captured the minds of such literary figures as Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the first half of the 19th century. This guide helps you to understand the various tenets of transcendentalism, as well as how Thoreau and Emerson became the two most well-known figures associated with the movement and how the transcendentalist philosophy is reflected in their work. In addition to introducing you to the basics of understanding transcendentalism, this guide also gives you the following: Examinations of the lives of Thoreau and Emerson Detailed summaries of and commentaries on many of their transcendentalist writings, such as Emerson's Nature and Thoreau's Walden Critical essays on Emerson and Thoreau's reputation and influence A review section that tests your knowledge A Resource Center full of books, articles, and Internet sites Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.