New Essays on 'The Scarlet Letter'

New Essays on 'The Scarlet Letter'

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The introduction to this volume outlines the critical history of the novel. 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'.... seems attributable to the Emersonian diction, and especially his dichotomy between ME and NOT ME from which it pretty clearly derives.21 ... 22 Most strikingly, it is hard to know what to do with the narratora#39;s claim to follow faithfully the example of Popea#39;s Memoirs of P. P. The ... to attempt to fling myself back into another age; or to insist on creating the semblance of a 64 New Essays on The Scarlet Letter.

Title:New Essays on 'The Scarlet Letter'
Author:Michael J. Colacurcio
Publisher:CUP Archive - 1985-10-31


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