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.
|Advisor:||Reynolds, David S.|
|Commitee:||Dolan, Marc, Gross, Robert, Suggs, Jon-Christian|
|School:||City University of New York|
|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|
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