Lombard, David. Techno-Thoreau: Aesthetics, Ecology and the Capitalocene. Macerata, Italy: Quodlibet, 2019.
Shortlisted for the 2020 ESSE Book Award (Category B – Junior Scholars)
“David Lombard’s study succeeds in creating a broad, complex analysis of Thoreauvian and post-Thoreauvian literature.” (Călina-Maria Moldovan, Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory, 6.1, July 2020, 194-199, full review)
“Overall, one can argue that Lombard’s book brings a fresher outlook to American nature writing by explicating the relations between nature, power, and capital, and by employing a deconstructive methodology that highlights the boundary breakdowns between the natural and the technological landscape.” (Başak Ağın, Ecozon@, 11.1, April 2020, 210-212, full review)
“It is not just a question of narrating the apocalyptic consequences of the climate crisis, nor of invoking a return to nature (the title of the essay by David Lombard, Techno-Thoreau, Quodlibet, 2019, is eloquent with respect to this paradigm shift which makes the work of an author-fetish of ecocriticism react with the most current theoretical variables.” (Niccolò Scaffai, Domenica – Il Sole 24 Ore, January 26, 2020, full article)
“The interesting essay Techno-Thoreau […] proposes a reading of the philosopher so as to ‘break down the boundaries between the natural landscape and the technological landscape’; and therefore an approach between a divinized nature and a technology that has become incomprehensible (and therefore, in some ways, magical).” (Vanni Santoni, Linus, September 6, 2019, full article)