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New Essays on 'The Scarlet Letter' : American Novel (Paperback) - Michael J. Colacurcio

New Essays on 'The Scarlet Letter'

American Novel (Paperback)

By: Michael J. Colacurcio (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th May 1986
ISBN: 9780521319980
Number Of Pages: 176

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The introduction to this volume outlines the critical history of the novel from the moralising reactions of Hawthorne's contemporaries, through the assessments of writers such as Henry James and D. H. Lawrence, to the more recent approaches of the New Criticism, formalism, psychoanalytical criticism, structuralism and feminism. Each of the interpretative essays that follow places The Scarlet Letter in a specific historical and cultural context. The first shows that an awareness of the convention of romance is essential to an understanding of the novel. A second investigates the tension between Hawthorne's Puritan setting and his Romantic language, suggesting a complex relationship among author, narrator, characters, and story. A third considers the novel's pervasive metaphor of sexuality. The final essay locates the work in the genre of 'the novel of adultery'.

Preface
Introduction: the spirit and the sign
Arts of deception: Hawthorne, 'romance' and The Scarlet Letter
Hester's labyrinth: transcendental rhetoric in Puritan Boston
'The woman's own choice': sex, metaphor and the Puritan 'sources' of The Scarlet Letter
His folly, her weakness: demystified adultery in The Scarlet Letter
Notes on contributors
Selected bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521319980
ISBN-10: 0521319986
Series: American Novel (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 19th May 1986
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.39 x 13.95  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.24