First published in 1984, this book offers a unique interpretation of Hawthorne’s work, making use of perspectives opened up by Derrida in his work on Rousseau. It offers a psycho-biography of the author as discoverable in the texts and avoids a simplistic Freudian analysis. In doing so, it illuminates the work and re-opens Hawthorne’s texts to creative discussion.
This book will be of interest to those studying 19th century literature.
Introduction; 1. The Elaborated Sign of the Scarlet Letter 2. The Artist of the Supplement 3. Immured in the Past 4. The Deployment of Sexuality 5. The Fourth Side: The Blithedale Romance 6. Arcadian Affections 7. Counterfeit Nature: The Marble Faun 8. Maud and Mud 9. Footprints in the Sand
This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.