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dc.contributor.advisorQuirk, Tom, 1946-en
dc.contributor.authorFurstenau, Ninaen_US
dc.date.issued2007eng
dc.date.submitted2007 Springen
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on October 25, 2007)en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- English.en_US
dc.description.abstractHenry David Thoreau articulated his beliefs through Eastern spiritual ideas of nature and its cycles. From his own account, he was an iconoclast and bore no one religious stamp; however, the Hindu idea that nature is our teacher and if there are spiritual laws we ought to be following, they should be apparent in the cycles of the stars, the flow of the mountain streams, and in the way the mind itself operates, was revealed in his seminal work, Walden and in his other writings. I argue that you cannot fully understand Thoreau without understanding the impact Asian religious texts had in his writing and in his thinking over the course of his life. He found much confirmation in ancient Indian works to favor ascetic rule and his defiant individualism over the mercantilism order of his day. He also agreed with the concept of creation as separation - of the propping apart of heaven and earth - and that the only way back to unity and its accompanying enlightenment was through close attention to the present moment. The strongest avenue to that orientation for Thoreau was through the sense of sound.en_US
dc.identifier.merlin.b60882438en_US
dc.identifier.oclc176904465en_US
dc.identifier.otherFurstenauN-050307-T7354en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/4964
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2007 Freely available theses (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2007 Theses
dc.subject.lcshThoreau, Henry David, -- 1817-1862en_US
dc.subject.lcshIndividualism -- Religious aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshHinduism in literatureen_US
dc.titleThoreau and eastern spiritual texts: the influence of sacred sound in the writings of Henry David Thoreauen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglisheng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US


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