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Thoreau at 200
Essays and Reassessments

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Kristen Case, K. P. Van Anglen, Lance Newman, James S. Finley, Susan E. Gallagher, Elise Lemire, Joshua David Bellin, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, Robert A. Gross, Len Gougeon, Paul Giles, Samantha Celeste Harvey, Rochelle L. Johnson, Wai Chee Dimock, Laura Dassow Walls, Lawrence Buell, Lawrence Rhu, Alan D. Hodder, Robert D. Richardson
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  • Date Published: October 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107094291

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  • Henry David Thoreau's thinking about a number of ​issues - including the relationship between humans and other species, just responses to state violence, the threat posed to human freedom by industrial capitalism, and the essential relation between scientific 'facts' and poetic 'truths' - speaks to our historical moment as clearly as it did to the 'restless, nervous, bustling, trivial Nineteenth Century' into which he was born. This volume, marking the two-hundredth anniversary of Thoreau's birth, gathers the threads of the contemporary, interdisciplinary conversation around this key figure in literary, political, philosophical, and environmental thought, uniting new essays by scholars who have shaped the field with chapters by emerging scholars investigating previously underexplored aspects of Thoreau's life, writings, and activities. Both a dispatch from the front lines of Thoreau scholarship and a vivid demonstration of Thoreau's relevance for twenty-first-century life and thought, Thoreau at 200 will be of interest for both Thoreau scholars and general readers.

    • Provides readers with essays representative of the latest and best work of a number of distinguished Thoreau scholars
    • Re-evaluates both Thoreau's own life and thought, and the scholarship they have attracted in the past
    • Accessible to the non-academic reader, while at the same time remaining intellectually rigorous and engaging for Thoreau specialists
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    '… an authoritative array of well-informed insights that will be welcome indeed to anyone engaged in research on Thoreau or to those (why do they seem fewer these days?) who teach him on college courses …' Albert J. Von Frank, Modern Intellectual History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107094291
    • dimensions: 239 x 158 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Kristen Case and K. P. Van Anglen
    Part I. Thoreauvian Materialism(s):
    1. Thoreau's materialism and twenty-first-century environmentalism Lance Newman
    2. A Free Soiler in his own broad sense: Henry David Thoreau and the Free Soil movement James S. Finley
    3. Emancipation from the 'invisible hand': Thoreau's 'economy of living' Susan E. Gallagher
    Part II. The Local Context:
    4. Thoreau and Concord's black history Elise Lemire
    5. Red Walden: Thoreau and Native America Joshua David Bellin
    6. 'Beyond all men of his day': T. W. Higginson and Thoreau's legacy in postbellum America Sandra Harbert Petrulionis
    7. 'The nick of time': Thoreau, New England, and America from Early Republic to Civil War Robert A. Gross
    Part III. The Global Context:
    8. Culture and conflict: Thoreau, Great Britain, and the Civil War Len Gougeon
    9. Transnational Thoreau: time, space, and relativity Paul Giles
    10. Coleridge, Thoreau, and the transatlantic 'riddle of the world' Samantha Celeste Harvey and Rochelle L. Johnson
    11. Hearing animals: Thoreau between fable and elegy Wai Chee Dimock
    Part IV. Thoreauvian Cosmos:
    12. The value of mutual intelligence: science, poetry, and Thoreau's cosmos Laura Dassow Walls
    13. Disaffiliation as engagement Lawrence Buell
    14. Thoreau and Cavell: unauthorized versions Lawrence Rhu
    15. Thoreau and the new American spirituality Alan D. Hodder
    16. The rooster's philosophy, or the gospel according to this moment Robert D. Richardson.

  • Editors

    Kristen Case, University of Maine, Farmington
    Kristen Case is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maine, Farmington. She is former editor of the Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies and director of Thoreau's Kalendar: An Online Archive of the Phenological Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau. Her recent publications include Little Arias (2015​, a book of poems) and American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe (2011).

    K. P. Van Anglen, Boston University
    K. P. Van Anglen has recently retired from teaching English and American literature at Boston University. His publications include 'Simplify, Simplify' and Other Quotations from Henry David Thoreau (2012), Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (2008) and The New England Milton (1993). He is editor of the ​Translations volume in the series The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau (1986) and has coedited The Call of Classical Literature in the Romantic Age (2017).


    Kristen Case, K. P. Van Anglen, Lance Newman, James S. Finley, Susan E. Gallagher, Elise Lemire, Joshua David Bellin, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, Robert A. Gross, Len Gougeon, Paul Giles, Samantha Celeste Harvey, Rochelle L. Johnson, Wai Chee Dimock, Laura Dassow Walls, Lawrence Buell, Lawrence Rhu, Alan D. Hodder, Robert D. Richardson

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