New Essays on The Scarlet Letter Michael J. Colacurcio

ISBN: 9780521319980

Published: October 31st 1985

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176 pages


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New Essays on The Scarlet Letter  by  Michael J. Colacurcio

New Essays on The Scarlet Letter by Michael J. Colacurcio
October 31st 1985 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 176 pages | ISBN: 9780521319980 | 10.21 Mb

The introduction to this volume outlines the critical history of the novel from the moralising reactions of Hawthornes contemporaries, through the assessments of writers such as Henry James and D. H. Lawrence, to the more recent approaches of theMoreThe introduction to this volume outlines the critical history of the novel from the moralising reactions of Hawthornes 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 Hawthornes Puritan setting and his Romantic language, suggesting a complex relationship among author, narrator, characters, and story. A third considers the novels pervasive metaphor of sexuality. The final essay locates the work in the genre of the novel of adultery.



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