Hawthorne and the Real: Bicentennial Essays

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Ohio State University Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 228 pages
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"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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Contents

Hawthorne and the Real
1
Hawthorne and Politics Again Words and Deeds in the 1850s
22
Strangely Ajar with the Human Race Hawthorne Slavery and the Question of Moral Responsibility
40
Hawthorne and the Problem of American Fiction The Example of The Scarlet Letter
70
Nathaniel Hawthorne and Transnationality
88
Revisiting Hawthornes Feminism
107
Hawthornes Early Tales Male Authorship Domestic Violence and Female Readers
125
Working Women and Creative Doubles Getting to The Marble Faun
144
Estranged Allegiances in Hawthornes Unfinished Romances
159
Nathaniel Hawthorne Writer or The Fleeing of the Biographied
181
Works Cited
199
Index
215
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Henry James (1843a1916) wrote more than twenty novels, including "The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw," and "The Golden Bowl," Philip Horne, series editor, is a professor of English at University College London. Adrian Poole is a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Andrew Taylor is a lecturer in English at the University of Edinburgh. Millicent Bell is an emerita professor of English at Boston University.

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