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"As long as she cracks she holds": Thoreau's anticipation of dying
by Raden, Audrey, Ph.D., City University of New York, 2012, 187; 3543772
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation is the first full-length study to address Thoreau's ideas about death and dying. Death, for Thoreau, was an unnatural state, while dying was part of the cyclical course of nature. As he moves through nature's slow time, Thoreau is able to anticipate dying. Thoreau's transcendentalist use of time makes anticipating the seasons, and all changes in nature, a form of prophecy in the traditional sense, in that while the prophet is speaking, what he is prophesying is already happening in the eternal present. Anticipation itself becomes a form of prophecy, and ultimately what is anticipated is dying. In this sense, Thoreau is always prophysying dying while he experiences the living cycles of nature.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, David S.
Commitee: Dolan, Marc, Gross, Robert, Suggs, Jon-Christian
School: City University of New York
Department: English
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 74/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Modern literature, American studies, Philosophy, American literature
Keywords: Death, Dying, Thoreau, Henry David
Publication Number: 3543772
ISBN: 978-1-267-72933-0
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