Reimagining Thoreau synthesizes the interests of the intellectual and psychological biographer and the literary critic in a reconsideration of Thoreau's literary career. The aims of the book are, first, to situate Thoreau's aims and achievements as a writer within the context of his troubled relationship to the microcosm of antebellum Concord; second, to reinterpret Walden as a temporally layered text in light of the successive drafts of the book and the evidence of Thoreau's journals and contemporaneous writings; and third, to overturn traditional views of Thoreau's "decline" by offering a new estimate of the post-Walden writing and its place within his development.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #85|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)|
Table of Contents
Part I. 1837-49: 1. 'A false position in society'; 2. 'Under the eyelids of time': A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers; Part II. 1845-54: 3. Disconstructing Walden; 4. Walden and the rhetoric of ascent; 5. Interregnum (1849-52); 6. Defying gravity; Part III. 1854-62: 7. 'A point of interest somewhere between' (1854-7); 8. 'Annexing new territories' (1857-62); Notes; Index.