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Thoreau's Alternative History: Changing Perpectives on Nature, Culture, and Language
     

Thoreau's Alternative History: Changing Perpectives on Nature, Culture, and Language

by Joan Burbick
 

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Burbick cogently maps Thoreau's attempts to integrate the history of the natural world with human history and to reconcile the result with a transcendental vision. Through close analyses of A Week, Walden, Cape Cod, the journals, and the late nature essays, she shows that for Thoreau this project becomes enmeshed with basic complexities of language and perception: how to get beyond time through minute observation of it, how to settle without becoming stagnant, how to dissect without killing. Burbick is most valuable for showing us specific ways of relating Thoreau the naturalist to Thoreau the artist and social thinker. Her own prose is as lucid as her subject allows, but the depth and detail of the study make it primarily of interest to other scholars. Martin Bickman, English Dept., Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

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ISBN-13:
9780812280586
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date:
05/28/1987
Pages:
192

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