Approaches to Teaching Thoreau's Walden and Other Works

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Series
Preface to the Volume
Introduction: Thoreau's Challenge to Teachers 1
Materials
Walden and the Construction of the American Renaissance 28
Thoreau and Anglo-European Romanticism 39
"Extra Vagant" Education: Teaching Walden in the Context of Transcendentalism 48
"Where I Lived": The Environs of Walden 56
The Many Paths to and from Walden 63
Reader Responses to Walden: A Study of Undergraduate Reading Patterns 70
Teaching Thoreau as a Visionary Thinker 78
Reading the Garden: Excursions into Walden 84
Reclaiming Thoreau's Humor for the Classroom 91
"What Are You Doing Out There?": Teaching Thoreau to College Freshmen 98
Walden and Awakening: Thoreau in a Sophomore American Literature Survey Course 105
Teaching Walden as Transcendental Strip Tease Art 113
The Privileged Protester: Teaching Thoreau to Two-Year-College Students 121
"Baker Farm" and Historicism: The Rainbow's Arch 129
Walden: Text, Context, Pretext 138
The Genres of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers 143
"Civil Disobedience" and the Problem of Thoreau's "Peaceable Revolution" 150
"Civil Disobedience" (or Is It "Resistance to Civil Government"?) in a Composition Course 155
"Life without Principle" and Cape Cod as Foils to Walden 162
Thoreau's "Walking" and the Ecological Imperative 169
Teaching Thoreau's Journal 175
Thoreau in the Wilderness 183
"Monarch of All I Survey": Thoreau among Engineering Students 187
Sauntering after Sixty: Thoreau in the Elderhostel Program 192
Contributors and Survey Participants 199
Works Cited 201
Index 219
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