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Bird relics : grief and vitalism in Thoreau

Author: Branka Arsić
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
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Birds were never far from Thoreaus mind. They wing their way through his writing just as they did through his cabin on Walden Pond, summoned or dismissed at whim by his whistles. Emblematic of life, death, and natures endless capacity for renewal, birds offer passage into the loftiest currents of Thoreaus thought. What Branka Arsić finds there is a theory of vitalism that Thoreau developed in response to his  Read more...

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Named Person: Henry David Thoreau; Henry David Thoreau
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Branka Arsić
ISBN: 9780674088474 0674088476
OCLC Number: 1156730810
Description: x, 455 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: On affirmative reading, or the lesson of the chickadees --
Dyonisia, 467 BC: the mythology of mourning --
Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1837: the science of life --
Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts, 1845: epistemology of change --
Ossossané Village, Ontario, 1636: acts of recollecting --
Freud and Benjamin on nature in mourning --
On Thoreau's grave.
Responsibility: Branka Arsić.


Branka Arsic shows that Thoreau developed a theory of vitalism in response to his brother's death. Through grieving, he came to see life as a generative force into which everything dissolves and  Read more...


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[Bird Relics] reorients our understanding of Thoreau's materialist vitalism. Arsic's reading of both canonical texts and understudied fragments uncover a radical philosophy of life-a vibrant ontology Read more...

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