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The Environmental Imagination

Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture

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$38.00 • £30.95 • €34.00

ISBN 9780674258624

Publication Date: 09/01/1996


600 pages

6-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches

4 fine line illustrations

Belknap Press


  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Historical and Theoretical Contexts
    • 1. Pastoral Ideology
    • 2. New World Dreams and Environmental Actualities
    • 3. Representing the Environment
    • 4. Walden’s Environmental Projects
  • Part 2: Forms of Literary Ecocentrism
    • 5. The Aesthetics of Relinquishment
    • 6. Nature’s Personhood
    • 7. Nature’s Face, Mind’s Eye: Realizing the Seasons
    • 8. Place
    • 9. Environmental Apocalypticism
  • Part 3: Environmental Sainthood
    • 10. The Thoreauvian Pilgrimage
    • 11. The Canonization and Recanonization of the Green Thoreau
    • 12. Text as Testament: Reading Walden for the Author
  • Appendix Nature’s Genres: Environmental Nonfiction at the Time of Thoreau’s Emergence
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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