Henry David Thoreau - A Case Study in Canonization

Author:   Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher:   Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN:  

9781879751729


Pages:   152
Publication Date:   03 February 1994
Format:   Hardback
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Henry David Thoreau - A Case Study in Canonization


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Professor Scharnhorst's survey of trends in Thoreau criticism over the past century and a half shows that Thoreau's elevation to literary sainthood was the result of a distinct, if not wholly conscious, process of critical resurrection and revival. Each of Scharnhost's five chapters covers approximately thirty years of critical commentary on Thoreau's works, including his contemporary reputation, his postumous revival at the end of the century, his 'packaging' as a literary property early in the 20th century, and his vogue since the Great Depression as a darling of both formalist and political critics. Scharnhorst comments on the enduring division of critical opinion over Thoreau and his work, attributing it to the different audiences attracted by his subject matter issues such as war, racial justice and environmental ethics and the refinement of his literary achievement.

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Author:   Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher:   Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Imprint:   Camden House Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 16.30cm , Height: 1.20cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.434kg
ISBN:  

9781879751729


ISBN 10:   1879751720
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   03 February 1994
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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An excellent survey of Thoreau's reputation over the years, from his lifetime to the present day. THE THOREAU SOCIETY BULLETIN


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