A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers by Henry David Thoreau

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Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Colbert, Charles. “Thoreau's Panoramic Vision and the Art of Guido Reni.” The Concord Saunterer 7 (1999): 218‐35.

Speculates on the appeal to Thoreau of Reni's fresco Aurora and explains its role in the Saddleback episode.

Fink, Steven. “Variations on the Self: Thoreau's Personae in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.ESQ 28, no. 1 (first quarter 1982): 24‐35.

Examines how Thoreau achieves fluidity of identity while maintaining narrative control.

Fulton, Joe Boyd. “Doing ‘Pioneer Work’: The Male Writer in Thoreau's Week and Walden.ESQ 41, no. 4 (fourth quarter 1995): 289‐305.

Explores Thoreau's concept of a writer being part of a gendered relationship with nature.

Germic, Stephen. “Skirting Lowell: The Exceptional Work of Nature in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.” In Thoreau's Sense of Place: Essays in American Environmental Writing, edited by Richard J. Schneider, pp. 244‐53. Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa, 2000.

Contends that A Week advances the ideology of American exceptionalism, which confuses the perception of class and labor differences.

Hodder, Alan D. “‘Ex Oriente Lux’: Thoreau's Ecstasies and the Hindu Texts.” Harvard Theological Review 86, no. 4 (October 1993): 403‐38.

Analyzes Thoreau's description of natural ecstasies and his ambivalence in regard to Oriental thought.

Holland, Joyce M. “Pattern and Meaning in Thoreau's A Week.Emerson Society Quarterly, no. 50 (first quarter 1968): 48‐55.

Describes a pattern of wave and counter‐wave motion on Thoreau's metaphoric “river of existence.”

Johnson, Linck C. “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.” In The Cambridge Companion to Henry David Thoreau, edited by Joel Myerson, pp. 40‐56. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Discusses the development of A Week and Thoreau's views on Indian‐European relations.

Mesa‐Pelly, Judith Broome. “Thoreau's ‘Basket of a Delicate Texture’: Weaving History in A Week.The Concord Saunterer 4 (fall 1996): 174‐85.

Describes how Thoreau uses elements of memory, written records, and landscape in creating a new history.

Murray, D. M. “The Dark Lady in A Week—Who Was She?” The Thoreau Society Bulletin, no. 158 (winter 1982): 1‐2.

Considers the question of the identity of the woman Thoreau met while climbing Mt. Greylock.

Murray, Donald and Susan Denault. “Thoreau's Dark Lady was Probably a Darling.” The Thoreau Society Bulletin, no. 165 (fall 1983): 1‐3.

Investigates the identity of the woman of Mt. Greylock.

Naikar, Basavaraj S. “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers: An American Travelogue.” Indian Journal of American Studies 28, no. 1‐2 (winter‐summer 1998): 65‐70.

Explores A Week in terms of travel literature that recounts both a physical and a mental journey of exploration.

Radaker, Kevin. “‘A Separate Intention of the Eye’: Luminist Eternity in Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.The Canadian Review of American Studies 18, no. 1 (spring 1987): 41‐60.

Analyzes Thoreau's descriptions of light‐filled landscapes and how they evoke the feeling of transcendence.

Rowe, John Carlos. “‘The Being of Language: The Language of Being’ in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.Boundary 2 7, no. 3 (spring 1979): 90‐115.

Reads A Week as a search for the origins of poetry and a consideration of the essence of language.

Sattelmeyer, Robert. “‘The True Industry for Poets’: Fishing with Thoreau.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 33, no. 4 (fourth quarter 1987): 188‐201.

Examines how Thoreau overcame societal denigration and his own mixed feelings in order to write about fishing.

Stibitz, E. Earle. “Thoreau's Dial Alterations...

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