Des strates sous la carte : les paradoxes de la surface dans A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers de Henry D. Thoreau

Abstract : Is Thoreau a reader of surface or of depth? In A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Thoreau describes his excursion on the river as a spatial experience of surface but he also evokes the longer perspective of deep time, which suggests an affinity with spatial and temporal depth. By looking at a hand-drawn map that Thoreau copied for the excursion, this article examines how Thoreau’s narrative is embedded in several different temporalities and how the spatial experience of surface becomes a temporal experience of depth, dramatized by language itself.
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Julien Nègre. Des strates sous la carte : les paradoxes de la surface dans A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers de Henry D. Thoreau. Transatlantica. Revue d'études américaines/American Studies Journal, Association Française d’Études Américaines, 2015, 2015 (1), ⟨http://transatlantica.revues.org/7295⟩. ⟨hal-01415779⟩

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