Tracking Thoreau

Double-crossing Nature and Technology


Author: John Dolis

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838640456

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 231

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Tracking Thoreau explores the constellation of three central issues in Thoreau's oeuvre: nature, culture, and technology. Dolis reads Thoreau's major works as principally concerned with the composition of the self through writing, through narration, an activity inextricably bound up with the apprehension of structures common to both nature and culture, structures which, in turn, unavoidably implicate style--that is, technique. As did the ancient Greeks, Thoreau understands technology as a defining moment for not only culture, but nature as well, that inaugural act in light of which each is able to appear in the first place. Technology is always already in place at the beginning of "things": it occupies the site of subjectivity. Arguing against the most recent trend in Thoreau studies. Dolis contends that, for Thoreau, nature is primordially a construct: it cannot be understood apart from language, through cultural constructions, techniques by means of which the subject composes the object. Both "nature" and the very "nature of nature" itself are subject to this single configuration. Subjectivity in turn, entails its own technology, its style. It figures out both nature and the composition of its self as well.

Searching for Thoreau

On the Trails and Shores of Wild New England


Author: Tom Slayton

Publisher: Images from the Past Incorporated

ISBN: 9781884592447

Category: History

Page: 208

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"Ten essays that interweave the author's first-hand experiences and those of the great American writer/naturalist Henry David Thoreau with their respective reflections on the importance of preserving wild places and the causes of change"--Provided by publisher.

Thoreau's Country

Journey through a Transformed Landscape


Author: David R. Foster,Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674037151

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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In 1977 David Foster took to the woods of New England to build a cabin with his own hands. Along with a few tools he brought a copy of the journals of Henry David Thoreau. Foster was struck by how different the forested landscape around him was from the one Thoreau described more than a century earlier. The sights and sounds that Thoreau experienced on his daily walks through nineteenth-century Concord were those of rolling farmland, small woodlands, and farmers endlessly working the land. As Foster explored the New England landscape, he discovered ancient ruins of cellar holes, stone walls, and abandoned cartways--all remnants of this earlier land now largely covered by forest. How had Thoreau's open countryside, shaped by ax and plough, divided by fences and laneways, become a forested landscape? Part ecological and historical puzzle, this book brings a vanished countryside to life in all its dimensions, human and natural, offering a rich record of human imprint upon the land. Extensive excerpts from the journals show us, through the vividly recorded details of daily life, a Thoreau intimately acquainted with the ways in which he and his neighbors were changing and remaking the New England landscape. Foster adds the perspective of a modern forest ecologist and landscape historian, using the journals to trace themes of historical and social change. Thoreau's journals evoke not a wilderness retreat but the emotions and natural history that come from an old and humanized landscape. It is with a new understanding of the human role in shaping that landscape, Foster argues, that we can best prepare ourselves to appreciate and conserve it today. From the journal: "I have collected and split up now quite a pile of driftwood--rails and riders and stems and stumps of trees--perhaps half or three quarters of a tree...Each stick I deal with has a history, and I read it as I am handling it, and, last of all, I remember my adventures in getting it, while it is burning in the winter evening. That is the most interesting part of its history. It has made part of a fence or a bridge, perchance, or has been rooted out of a clearing and bears the marks of fire on it...Thus one half of the value of my wood is enjoyed before it is housed, and the other half is equal to the whole value of an equal quantity of the wood which I buy." --October 20, 1855

Walden Pond

A History


Author: William Barksdale Maynard

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195181379

Category: History

Page: 404

View: 7829

A chronological narrative of Walden history explains the reasons for Thoreau's decision to build a home in the woods and recounts physical alterations made to Walden in the name of public access and safety.

On Thoreau


Author: Stephen Hahn

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534576134

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 91

View: 1327

This brief text assists students in understanding Thoreau's philosophy and thinking so that they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the "Wadsworth Philosophers Series," (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON THOREAU is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher better enabling students to engage in the reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.



Author: Benjamin Lincoln Robinson,Merritt Lyndon Fernald

Publisher: N.A


Category: Botany

Page: N.A

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Pastoral Systems in Marginal Environments

Proceedings of a Satellite Workshop of the XXth International Grassland Congress, July 2005, Glasgow, Scotland


Author: John Milne

Publisher: Wageningen Academic Pub

ISBN: 9076998744

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 215

View: 7517

Pastoral systems are some of the most fragile human ecosystems that exist and are under threat from the expansion of cultivation, changes in social patterns and climate change. These ecosystems are of major importance since they contain a rich biological and cultural diversity. The aim of the book is to take a holistic view of pastoral systems by bringing together papers written by specialists in plant and animal ecology with an interest in the application of their research with papers taking an economic and social perspective. The focus is on marginal environments where the issues are in greatest relief with the papers tackling key issues in semi-arid and disadvantaged temperate areas. The key issues relate to identifying the biological constraints of these pastoral systems, understanding soil/plant/animal relationships, exploring biodiversity, landscape and social issues in multi-functional systems and providing solutions to constraints through a number of case studies. By comparing and contrasting these two environments, the book will be taking a completely new approach to understanding how pastoral systems function and how they will evolve in the future. The book is of value to all those with an interest in pastoral systems by providing an up-to-date account of current understanding of these multi-functional systems and new insights into how they function and how they will develop in the future.

Vom Spazieren

ein Essay


Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783257234633


Page: 87

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Über die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam gegen den Staat


Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 384308131X

Category: Political Science

Page: 36

View: 7005

Henry David Thoreau: Über die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam gegen den Staat Originaltitel: »The Resistance to Civil Government«. In der ersten Werkausgabe wurde daraus »Civil Disobedience« und später »On the Duty of Civil Disobedience«. Diese Übersetzung von David Adner steht unter einer Creative Commons Namensnennung Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 3.0 Deutschland Lizenz. Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2016. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Benjamin D. Maxham, Daguerreotype of Henry David Thoreau, 1856. Gesetzt aus der Minion Pro, 12 pt.

Natural Areas Journal

A Quarterly Publication of the Natural Areas Association


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Conservation of natural resources

Page: N.A

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Thoreaus Sense of Place

Essays in American Environmental Writing


Author: Richard J. Schneider

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1587293110

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 324

View: 9792

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.

Above Time

Emerson's and Thoreau's Temporal Revolutions


Author: James Robert Guthrie

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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In Above Time, James R. Guthrie explores the origins of the two preeminent transcendentalists' revolutionary approaches to time, as well as to the related concepts of history, memory, and change. Most critical discussions of this period neglect the important truth that the entire American transcendentalist project involved a transcendence of temporality as well as of materiality. Correspondingly, both writers call in their major works for temporal reform, to be achieved primarily by rejecting the past and future in order to live in an amplified present moment. Emerson and Thoreau were compelled to see time in a new light by concurrent developments in the sciences and the professions. Geologists were just then hotly debating the age of the earth, while zoologists were beginning to unravel the mysteries of speciation, and archaeologists were deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphs. These discoveries worked collectively to enlarge the scope of time, thereby helping pave the way for the appearance of Darwin's Origin of Species in 1859. Well aware of these wider cultural developments, Emerson and Thoreau both tried (although with varying degrees of success) to integrate contemporary scientific thought with their preexisting late-romantic idealism. As transcendentalists, they already believed in the existence of "correspondences"--affinities between man and nature, formalized as symbols. These symbols could then be decoded to discover the animating presence in the world of eternal laws as pervasive as the laws of science. Yet unlike scientists, Emerson and Thoreau hoped to go beyond merely understanding nature to achieving a kind of passionate identity with it, and they believed that such a union might be achieved only if time was first recognized as being a purely human construct with little or no validity in the rest of the natural world. Consequently, both authors employ a series of philosophical, rhetorical, and psychological strategies designed to jolt their readers out of time, often by attacking received cultural notions about temporality.

Meditations of Henry David Thoreau

A Light in the Woods


Author: Chris Highland

Publisher: Wilderness Press

ISBN: 9780899975108

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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A selection of 60 thoughtful Thoreau quotations and placed them alongside the wisdom words of writers, philosopohers, and teachers from around the world. Bound in a lovely and compact format, the book totes easily along in your pocket, backpack, or picnic basket. Solitude never felt so cozy.

More Day to Dawn

Thoreau's Walden for the Twenty-first Century


Author: Sandra Harbert Petrulionis,Laura Dassow Walls

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558495760

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 252

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'Walden' is one of the most frequently assigned texts in literature classes across America. This work explores a range of topics: 'Walden's' climb to fame; modes of representation in the text; the relationship between fact and truth; Thoreau and violence; and Thoreau and evolutionary theory.

Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination

The Wilds of Society


Author: Shawn Chandler Bingham

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742560598

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 141

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Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination is the first in-depth sociological examination of the ideas of Henry David Thoreau. Shawn Chandler Bingham explores the philosopher's sophisticated insights on individual-society relationships, social change, and American notions of progress. This is a landmark book which encourages readers to re-examine the disciplinary boundaries between the social sciences and humanities.

Thoreau's Importance for Philosophy


Author: Rick Anthony Furtak,Jonathan Ellsworth,James D. Reid

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 0823239306

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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Although Henry David Thoreau's best-known book, Walden, is admired as a classic work of American literature, it has not yet been widely recognized as an important philosophical text. In fact, many academic philosophers would be reluctant to classify Thoreau as a philosopher at all. The purpose of this volume is to remedy this neglect, to explain Thoreau's philosophical significance, and to argue that we can still learn from his polemical conception of philosophy.Thoreau sought to establish philosophy as a way of life and to root our philosophical, conceptual affairs in more practical or existential concerns. His work provides us with a sustained meditation on the importance of leading our lives with integrity, avoiding what he calls "quiet desperation." The contributors to this volume approach Thoreau's writings from different angles. They explore his aesthetic views, his naturalism, his theory of self, his ethical principles, and his political stances. Most importantly, they show how Thoreau returns philosophy to its roots as the love of wisdom.


A Fully Annotated Edition


Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300104660

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 370

View: 4686

In this authoritative text with generous annotations, a distinguished literary scholar has corrected errors and omissions from previous editions, with notes taken from Thoreau's draft manuscripts and quotes from sources Thoreau read.