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

View: 513

"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.

Back to God ́s Country and Other Stories


Author: James Oliver Curwood

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3734030188

Category: Fiction

Page: 152

View: 4077

Reproduction of the original: Back to God ́s Country and Other Stories by James Oliver Curwood

On Thoreau


Author: Stephen Hahn

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534576134

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 91

View: 7502

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.

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: 9490

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.



Author: Benjamin Lincoln Robinson,Merritt Lyndon Fernald

Publisher: N.A


Category: Botany

Page: N.A

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Walden oder Leben in den Wäldern


Author: Henry D. Thoreau

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3845701382

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 2631

"Ich zog in die Wälder, weil ich den Wunsch hatte, mit Überlegung zu leben, alle Wirkenskraft und Samen zu schauen und zu ergründen, ob ich nicht lernen könnte, was ich lehren sollte, um beim Sterben vor der Entdeckung bewahrt zu bleiben, daß ich nicht gelebt hatte." Thoreau beschreibt in seinem Buch die zwei Jahre, die er allein in einer selbstgebauten Blockhütte am Waldteich "Walden" in Massachusetts verbringt. Er beschreibt sein Leben in den Wäldern, das einfache Leben und wie er sich durch den Anbau von Gemüse und Getreide und durch den Fischfang selbst versorgt und wie er die Natur für sich wahrnimmt. Für ihn ist es der Versuch, ein Leben zu führen, das ihm dem eigentlichen und wirklichen Leben näher bringt. Überarbeiteter Nachdruck der Originalausgabe aus dem Jahr 1905.

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

View: 3911

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: 9384

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.

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

View: 9967

Meditations of Henry David Thoreau

A Light in the Woods


Author: Chris Highland

Publisher: Wilderness Press

ISBN: 9780899975108

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

View: 9962

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.

Above Time

Emerson's and Thoreau's Temporal Revolutions


Author: James Robert Guthrie

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

View: 3086

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.

Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination

The Wilds of Society


Author: Shawn Chandler Bingham

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742560598

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 141

View: 9130

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

View: 4466

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: 6016

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.

Thoreau Country

Photographs and Text Selections from the Works of H. D. Thoreau


Author: Herbert Wendell Gleason

Publisher: Random House (NY)


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 143

View: 5620

Emerson and Thoreau

The Contemporary Reviews


Author: Joel Myerson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521114103

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 484

View: 1189

This book represents the first comprehensive collection of contemporary reviews of the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Many of the reviews are reprinted from hard-to-locate contemporary newspapers and periodicals.