Thoreau's Nature: Ethics, Politics, and the Wild (Modernity and Political Thought New Edition)

Thoreau's Nature: Ethics, Politics, and the Wild (Modernity and Political Thought New Edition)

By: Rebecca Jane Bennett (author)Paperback

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Thoreau's Nature: Ethics, Politics, and the Wild explores how Thoreau crafted a life open to 'the Wild,' a term that marks the startling element of foreignness in every object of experience, however familiar. Thoreau's encounters with nature, Bennett argues, allowed him to resist his all-too-human tendency toward intellectual laziness, social conformity, and political complacency. Bennett pursues this theme by constructing a series of dialogues between Thoreau and our contemporaries: Foucault on identity and power, Haraway on the nature/culture of division, Hollywood celebrities on the Walden Woods Project, the National Endowment for the Humanities on politics and art, and Kafka on the question of political idealism.

About Author

Jane Bennett is a political theorist at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the author of The Enchantment of Modern Life and a coordinating editor of Theory & Event.


Chapter 1 Why Thoreau Hates Politics Chapter 2 Techniques of the Self Chapter 3 Writing a Heteroverse Chapter 4 Art and Politics Chapter 5 Fronting Thoreau

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780742521414
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780742521414
  • weight: 254
  • ISBN10: 0742521419
  • edition: New Edition

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