Hawthorne and the Real: Bicentennial Essays

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Millicent Bell
Ohio State University Press, 2005 - 228 стор.
"In this collection commemorating the bicentennial of Hawthorne's birth in 1804, Millicent Bell gathers essays by distinguished scholars and critics that examine the ways in which Hawthorne related himself to the "real" in his own world and expressed that relation in his writing. Radically revising the older view that he was detached from conditions of actual life in 19th-century American society, the authors undertake to show how current social conditions, current events and political movements taking place at a crucial point in American history were an evident part of Hawthorne's consciousness. The essays situate his imaginative writings in a contemporary context of common experience and rediscover a Hawthorne alert to pressing problems of his day, especially slavery, feminism, and reform in general - the very issues that motivated his contemporaries on the eve of the Civil War. Hawthorne was, with his own complicity, long described as a writer of unreal romances (as he preferred to call his novels) or "allegories of the heart" as he termed some of his short stories. The essays in this collection contribute to the turn in recent Hawthorne criticism which shows how deeply implicated in realism his writing was."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Hawthorne and the Real
Hawthorne and Politics Again Words and Deeds in the 1850s
Strangely Ajar with the Human Race Hawthorne Slavery and the Question of Moral Responsibility
Hawthorne and the Problem of American Fiction The Example of The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne and Transnationality
Revisiting Hawthornes Feminism
Hawthornes Early Tales Male Authorship Domestic Violence and Female Readers
Working Women and Creative Doubles Getting to The Marble Faun
Estranged Allegiances in Hawthornes Unfinished Romances
Nathaniel Hawthorne Writer or The Fleeing of the Biographied
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