Louise H. Westling (essay date 1996)
SOURCE: Westling, Louise H. “Pastoral Ambivalence in Emerson and Thoreau.” In The Green Breast of the New World: Landscape, Gender, and American Fiction, pp. 39-53. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1996.
[In the following essay, Westling examines ideas about gender at the heart of the nature writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.]
What James Fenimore Cooper defined through fiction as white Americans' innocent inheritance of the landscape, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau addressed explicitly in Nature and Walden, through deliberate acts of self-evaluation and national mythmaking (Lewis, American Adam, 13-27;...
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