New Essays On Walden by Robert F. SayreNew Essays On Walden by Robert F. Sayre

New Essays On Walden

EditorRobert F. Sayre

Paperback | October 30, 1992

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New Essays on Walden reviews Thoreau's classic from four important contemporary perspectives. Lawrence Buell explains how decisions by Thoreau's publisher combined with promotion of Thoreau by early Thoreauvians, literary critics and reviewers turned Walden into a classic. Nature writer and ecologist Anne LaBastille writes of her own responses to Walden. H. Daniel Peck examines how the pastoralism of Walden serves to contain not only the forces of industrialism and commerce in American society but also psychic forces in Thoreau's inner life. Finally Michael Fischer reevaluates Walden in the light of modern literary theory, finding that Thoreau's forthrightness in presenting and analyzing his own politics disarms his skeptical critics. In introducing these new essays, Robert F. Sayre provides a masterful short biography of Thoreau, an account of the writing of Walden and a summary of other critical views.
Title:New Essays On WaldenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.31 inPublished:October 30, 1992Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521424828

ISBN - 13:9780521424820

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction Robert F. Sayre; 2. Henry Thoreau enters the American canon Lawrence Buell; 3. Fishing in the sky Anne Labastille; 4. The crosscurrents of Walden's pastoral H. Daniel Peck; 5. Walden and the politics of contemporary literary theory Michael R. Fischer; Notes; Bibliography.

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"Read alongside Walden, I can think of no better way to introduce undergraduates to Thoreau and to issues of contemporary cultural criticism." Jane Bennett, Canadian Review of American Studies