"That wholly visionary dream land": Thoreau's Early Natural-History Writing

Jake McGinnis

University of Notre Dame

Jake McGinnis is a PhD student in English at the University of Notre Dame and the managing editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. His work focuses on ecocriticism, affect, and materiality in the nineteenth-century United States, and especially the work of Henry David Thoreau.


Thoreau’s late essays and phenological charts have often been read as part of a post-Walden turn toward the natural sciences, but such a timeline risks downplaying Thoreau’s early interest in the nonhuman, from family... [ view full abstract ]


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P32 » Roundtable on New Directions in Natural History​ (08:30 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment B)

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