"His aim is to tally Nature": Burroughs, Whitman, and the Conflicting Discourses of Natural History

Adam Syvertsen

Northwestern University

Adam Syvertsen is currently a PhD student in English Literature at Northwestern University. His research focuses are interdisciplinary, located at the intersection of nineteenth-century American Literature, the history of science, and new materialist literary theory and philosophy. He has a forthcoming contribution to ESQ, and has previously presented research at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and Midwest Modern Language Association conventions.


In his essay collection Ways of Nature, nineteenth-century naturalist John Burroughs divides natural history into two factions, the “scientific naturalist” and the “essay-naturalist,” but he is unable to sort Walt... [ 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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