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Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau (Hardback)

Branka Arsic

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ISBN 10: 0674088476 / ISBN 13: 9780674088474
Edité par HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2016
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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 reemerges. This reinterpretation, based on sources overlooked by critics, explains many of Thoreau s more idiosyncratic habits and obsessions. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780674088474

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Titre : Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau (...

Éditeur : HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States

Date d'édition : 2016

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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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 reemerges. This reinterpretation, based on sources overlooked by critics, explains many of Thoreau's more idiosyncratic habits and obsessions.

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Arsi discovers in Thoreau s corpus a man deeply affected by his brother s death, but also a man who turns his brother s death into the occasion for a renewed understanding of life s vitality of life as vitality. Her readings are fresh and original; they are also layered through and through with a depth of learning uncommon in contemporary scholarship. To borrow a word she uses in her account of Thoreau, I think this is a stunning book.--Lloyd Pratt, University of Oxford"

This book will revolutionize the way serious scholars read Thoreau. Nothing like it exists or is likely to appear in the near future. The work is continuously and exceptionally original.--Edward Mooney, Syracuse University

["Bird Relics"] reorients our understanding of Thoreau s materialist vitalism. Arsi s reading of both canonical texts and understudied fragments uncover a radical philosophy of life a vibrant ontology in which writing about what generates our experience also means blurring conventional distinctions between the realistic and the fantastic, animate bodies and inanimate ones, what it means to live and what it means to die. Readers compelled by turns to materialism, ecology, and ontology in recent criticism could hardly hope for a better introduction to lesser-known features of Thoreau s idiosyncratic body of work "Bird Relics" begins by unfolding a stunning, if also heartrending, theory of perpetual mourning that becomes the centerpiece of her approach to Thoreau s philosophy of life.--Mark Noble"Los Angeles Review of Books" (06/12/2016)"

Arsi discovers in Thoreau s corpus a man deeply affected by his brother s death, but also a man who turns his brother s death into the occasion for a renewed understanding of life s vitality of life as vitality. Her readings are fresh and original; they are also layered through and through with a depth of learning uncommon in contemporary scholarship. To borrow a word she uses in her account of Thoreau, I think this is a stunning book.--Lloyd Pratt, University of Oxford"

Arsi constructs a subtle and exhilarating argument in which Thoreau s take on vegetable and animal life, as well as his theory of mourning, becomes a radically novel understanding of nineteenth-century thought in the Americas. Bird Relics will have profound consequences for how we think about personal identity, the distinction between animate and inanimate, human and non-human, sacred and profane. We will never read Thoreau in the same way again.--Colin Dayan, author of Haiti, History, and the Gods"

Arsi? discovers in Thoreau's corpus a man deeply affected by his brother's death, but also a man who turns his brother's death into the occasion for a renewed understanding of life's vitality--of life as vitality. Her readings are fresh and original; they are also layered through and through with a depth of learning uncommon in contemporary scholarship. To borrow a word she uses in her account of Thoreau, I think this is a 'stunning' book.--Lloyd Pratt, University of Oxford

Arsi? constructs a subtle and exhilarating argument in which Thoreau's take on vegetable and animal life, as well as his theory of mourning, becomes a radically novel understanding of nineteenth-century thought in the Americas. Bird Relics will have profound consequences for how we think about personal identity, the distinction between animate and inanimate, human and non-human, sacred and profane. We will never read Thoreau in the same way again.--Colin Dayan, author of Haiti, History, and the Gods

[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 in which writing about what generates our experience also means blurring conventional distinctions between the realistic and the fantastic, animate bodies and inanimate ones, what it means to live and what it means to die. Readers compelled by turns to materialism, ecology, and ontology in recent criticism could hardly hope for a better introduction to lesser-known features of Thoreau's idiosyncratic body of work...Bird Relics begins by unfolding a stunning, if also heartrending, theory of perpetual mourning that becomes the centerpiece of her approach to Thoreau's philosophy of life.--Mark Noble"Los Angeles Review of Books" (06/12/2016)

Arsic constructs a subtle and exhilarating argument in which Thoreau's take on vegetable and animal life, as well as his theory of mourning, becomes a radically novel understanding of nineteenth-century thought in the Americas. Bird Relics will have profound consequences for how we think about personal identity, the distinction between animate and inanimate, human and non-human, sacred and profane. We will never read Thoreau in the same way again.--Colin Dayan, author of Haiti, History, and the Gods

Arsic discovers in Thoreau's corpus a man deeply affected by his brother's death, but also a man who turns his brother's death into the occasion for a renewed understanding of life's vitality--of life as vitality. Her readings are fresh and original; they are also layered through and through with a depth of learning uncommon in contemporary scholarship. To borrow a word she uses in her account of Thoreau, I think this is a 'stunning' book.--Lloyd Pratt, University of Oxford

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