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.
Table of Contents
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