Henry David Thoreau - Grasping the Community of the World (eBook, PDF) - Slawek, Tadeusz
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This study takes up Thoreau's work as an early and prophetic diagnosis of the modern crisis of relationships between the individual and society. Thus Adorno's formulation of a melancholy of science finds its predecessor in Thoreau's famous dictum from the early pages of Walden that we live our lives in quiet desperation. The author reads Thoreau's Journal as an attempt to refute tendencies towards the narrowing of life to being understood merely in techno-economic categories which threaten the quality of the development of both the individual and the community. Thus in literary scholarship it…mehr

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This study takes up Thoreau's work as an early and prophetic diagnosis of the modern crisis of relationships between the individual and society. Thus Adorno's formulation of a melancholy of science finds its predecessor in Thoreau's famous dictum from the early pages of Walden that we live our lives in quiet desperation. The author reads Thoreau's Journal as an attempt to refute tendencies towards the narrowing of life to being understood merely in techno-economic categories which threaten the quality of the development of both the individual and the community. Thus in literary scholarship it is essential to find strategies which will critically contribute to understanding and transforming what Auerbach called ways of life and what Barthes referred to as living-together.

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Autorenporträt
Tadeusz Slawek is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland). His numerous works on history and theory of literature include discussions of William Blake, Robinson Jeffers, Georg Trakl, William Shakespeare, and Jacques Derrida.
Jean Ward is an Associate Professor of the University of Gdansk (Poland).
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Contents: Community - The human - Non-human - Friendship - America - Wilderness - Habitation - Perception - Henry David Thoreau - Roland Barthes - Erich Auerbach.
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"A book like this deserves to be lauded in many voices [...]."
(Mark S. Burrows, Polish Journal for American Studies 10/2016)