By Michael T. Gilmore
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The text's denial of history, its flight from Jacksonian America, paradoxically resembles the commodified mode of thought which Thoreau charges against his countrymen and which permits a Flint to perceive his fruits and vegetables as dollars. In an analogous way, Thoreau allows the mythic value of his Walden experiment to displace the actual circumstances of its occurrence. Moreover, his determination to empty his adventure of historical content replicates a basic feature of reified consciousness.
Has a constant and imperishable moral, and to the scholar it yields a classic result" (p. " The centrality of this phrase to Thoreau's undertaking is suggested by its position at the very outset of the book; it appears in the opening sentence: "When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only" (p.
W 7 :1321 What deserves emphasis in this passage is the evaporation of the agrarian ethos as a viable social or economic faith. Twenty years earlier Emerson used husbandry as a metaphor for a kind of personal autonomy that seemed jeopardized by the growth of the market; he uses it here as a metaphor for withdrawal and recuperation from capitalist civilization. An escape rather than a critical vantage point, it has become irrelevant to a society based on money. If the vitality of the agrarian ideal, with its antimarket bias, does not survive in Emerson himself, however, it is carried on by his "disciple" Thoreau.
American Romanticism and the Marketplace by Michael T. Gilmore