Thoreau and eastern spiritual texts: the influence of sacred sound in the writings of Henry David Thoreau

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Thoreau and eastern spiritual texts: the influence of sacred sound in the writings of Henry David Thoreau

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dc.contributor.advisor Quirk, Tom, 1946- en
dc.contributor.author Furstenau, Nina en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T19:07:22Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T19:07:22Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007 Spring en
dc.identifier.other FurstenauN-050307-T7354 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/4964
dc.description The 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.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on October 25, 2007) en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.A.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- English. en_US
dc.description.abstract Henry 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.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2007 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thoreau, Henry David, -- 1817-1862 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Individualism -- Religious aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Hinduism in literature en_US
dc.title Thoreau and eastern spiritual texts: the influence of sacred sound in the writings of Henry David Thoreau en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline English en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b60882438 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 176904465 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2007 Theses


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