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The Economist: Henry Thoreau and Enterprise
     

The Economist: Henry Thoreau and Enterprise

by Leonard N. Neufeldt
 

ISBN-10: 0195057899

ISBN-13: 9780195057898

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This major study brings to light Thoreau's relation to the complex economic discourse of his time and place. Specifically, it examines the impact of transformations in economic thinking and behavior that occurred in antebellum New England and America; these transformations at the level of language; and Thoreau's awareness of these transformations. Neufeldt situates

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This major study brings to light Thoreau's relation to the complex economic discourse of his time and place. Specifically, it examines the impact of transformations in economic thinking and behavior that occurred in antebellum New England and America; these transformations at the level of language; and Thoreau's awareness of these transformations. Neufeldt situates Thoreau in significant economic conditions of his time, investigating how these conditions contained him even as he sought to contain them. Using Walden and "Life without Principle," as main examples, the book considers the questions of why and how Thoreau, who was very much shaped by his culture and its conventions, also contested the limitations of those conventions and used his condition to transform some of them. Thoreau's identity as a literary artist who regarded his writing as his cultural vocation is at the center of the discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195057898
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.94(d)

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