Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau

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Harvard University Press, Jan 4, 2016 - Literary Criticism - 469 pages
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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Branka Arsic is Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

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