Laura Dassow Walls

Laura Dassow Walls is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches classes in American literature and is affiliated with the History and Philosophy of Science Program. She has published books on Thoreau, Emerson, and Alexander von Humboldt, and numerous articles centering on American Transcendentalism. Currently she is completing a new scholarly biography of Henry David Thoreau.

Essays by this author

Beyond Representation: Deliberate Reading in a Panarchic World


Laura Dassow Walls explores how ‘deliberative’ reading practices may allow us to weigh the words we hear against the world we cognize - keeping alive the possibility of reading as a moral act.