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Reimagining Thoreau (Cambridge Studies in American Literature & Culture)by Robert Milder
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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.
This study synthesises the interests of the intellectual and psychological biographer and the literary critic in a reconsideration of Thoreau??'s career from his graduation from Harvard in 1837 to his death in 1862.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-231) and index.
Table of Contents
Part I. 1837-1849: 1. 'A False Position in Society'; 2. 'Under the Eyelids of Time': A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers; Part II. 1845-54: 1. Disconstructing Walden; 2. Walden and the Rhetoric of Ascent; 3. Interregnum (1849-52); 4. Defying Gravity; Part III. 1854-62: 1. 'A Point of Interest Somewhere Between' (1854-57); 2. 'Annexing New Territories' (1857-62).
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