Ratiu Publishes Essay on Thoreau

"Land Surveying as a Poetic Exercise in Walden and 'Walking”'



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  • Iuliu Ratiu Iuliu Ratiu
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Second year Brittain Fellow recently published an essay in The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies (2013).

Part of a larger project which claims that space figurations play a fundamental role in Thoreau’s numerous attempts to reform the American Self, Ratiu contributes to recent scholarship analyzing the importance of land surveying to literary studies. By analyzing surveying as a literary trope in Walden and “Walking,” Ratiu suggests that Thoreau’s incorporation of surveying into his literary texts amounts to a critique of the pervading ideology of antebellum America and argues that his surveying skills reverberate through his writing in a way that responds to shifts in space and land configurations between colonial and antebellum America.

Ratiu received his Ph.D. from SUNY Albany.

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American literature, surveying
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