Our Common Dwelling: Henry Thoreau, Transcendentalism, and the Class Politics of Nature

  • Authors
  • Lance Newman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Lance Newman
    Pages 1-11
  3. Lance Newman
    Pages 13-24
  4. Lance Newman
    Pages 25-34
  5. Lance Newman
    Pages 35-43
  6. Lance Newman
    Pages 121-131
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    Pages 147-160
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    Pages 171-183
  9. Lance Newman
    Pages 185-196
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 213-255

About this book


OurCommonDwelling explores why America's first literary circle turned to nature in the 1830s and '40s. When the New England Transcendentalists spiritualized nature, they were reacting to intense class conflict in the region's industrializing cities. Their goal was to find a secular foundation for their social authority as an intellectual elite. New England Transcendentalism engages with works by William Wordsworth, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and others. The works of these great authors, interpreted in historical context, show that both environmental exploitation and conscious love of nature co-evolved as part of the historical development of American capitalism.


America crisis Ecocriticism England law poet Wordsworth

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