Walden or Life in the Woods: An Ecocritical Reading

  • Surabhi Parmar NET, JRF, PhD Scholar, Saurashtra University, Rajkot – 360005
  • Dr. Iros Vaja Associate Professor & Head, Department of English, M. V. Mahila Arts College, Rajkot – 360001


Henry David Thoreau is often believed to be the first nature writer and concerned ecologist
who followed the teachings and revolutionary ideas of his mentor as well as writer Ralph
Waldo Emerson. Both of them belonged to the American ‘transcendentalism’ – a movement
which was expressed intellectually and emotionally by various writers from the group. Henry
David Thoreau was the most experimental writer of his age and his experiments and
experiences of living at Walden Pond are recorded in his famous memoire Walden or Life in
the Woods which is sometimes, even considered the starting point of ‘ecocriticism’ in
American critical thought. Ecocriticism as a theory begins as early as in the 1970s but
develops thoroughly through the 1990s. Walden is one of the pioneer ecocritcal works and
also an experiment of living in harmony with nature. The basic idea of man – nature
relationship is thoroughly explored in the text and so the present paper aims to interpret
Walden through ecocritical perspectives

How to Cite
PARMAR, Surabhi; VAJA, Dr. Iros. Walden or Life in the Woods: An Ecocritical Reading. IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities), [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 8, feb. 2018. ISSN 2321-7065. Available at: <http://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/3190>. Date accessed: 18 mar. 2018.