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ENG 3XX - Living Traditions: ENG 350 - Henry David Thoreau

This guide supplements ENG 3XX Living Traditions course, which looks at six different authors over six semesters.

Henry David Thoreau

Dictionary of Literary Biography

The Dictionary of Literary Biography have been moved from reference to our main stacks for local circulation only.Below are the titles that contain information on Thoreau.

Library Resources

These are just a few of the Thoreau resources available in the Cattell Library.

Examples of journals/articles located in Malone databases.

ENG 350 - Living Traditions: Henry David Thoreau

Few books are as strange, moving, provocative, and inspiring as Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, and it almost single-handedly created the mode of American nature writing. Taking Thoreau’s work as our gateway and working with Lawrence Buell’s concept of “the environmental imagination,” we will explore other writers whose works were influenced by Thoreau and have influenced the way in which we engage the natural order. In coming to understand how it is that writers and the texts they create are situated in and influenced by the specifics of place and landscape, we will strive to develop an appreciation of an eco-centric aesthetic in literature and come to a greater awareness of the environmental underpinnings and ecological considerations of texts. We will read the works of nature writers in the tradition of nonfiction prose and narrative with some attention to poetry as well as works by theologians and eco-activist scholars—examining their legacies and seeking the lessons they teach.

Nature Writings

For resources on Nature Writings go here.

Literature databases