The Cambridge companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Millington, Richard H., 1953-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Differing from titles in series such as "Twentieth Century Interpretations" (which reprints significant essays on various subjects) and from Bedford's casebooks (which explain various theoretical methods and provide exemplifying studies related to a single work), volumes in the "Cambridge Companions to Literature" series present invited, original essays from specialists. The dozen essays in the present volume deal with issues in the forefront of literary study today: literature's relationship with history, place, gender, sympathy and childhood. Larry Reynolds's essay on Hawthorne's Concord years is well worth reading since he discusses how Hawthorne overtly rejected Emerson and Margaret Fuller while at the same time responding to them in his work. T. Walter Herbert's superb discussion of American masculinity shows Hawthorne reflecting the drastic shift in the perception of the American woman from oversexed until the end of the 17th century to undersexed by mid 19th. In the final essay, Gordon Hutner may startle the Hawthorne enthusiast with his irreverent attitude: he foregrounds Hawthorne's failure to take a liberal stance on women's issues and slavery. These essays are readable and useful to a broad audience. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. M. S. Stephenson University of Texas at Brownsville

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