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Adoption Averted in The Scarlet Letter

Carol J. Singley

in Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199779390
eISBN:
9780199895106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779390.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Nathaniel Hawthorne explores nonnormative kinship structures in The Scarlet Letter. Hester Prynne successfully defends her right to custody of her daughter, Pearl, when the Salem magistrates threaten ... More


The Prospects for Fiction: Male Romantic Novelists and Women’s Social Reality

Sylvia Jenkins Cook

in Working Women, Literary Ladies: The Industrial Revolution and Female Aspiration

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195327809
eISBN:
9780199870547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327809.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter looks at three male novelists who emerged from the romantic movement in America: Sylvester Judd, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville. In contrast to the majority of the Dial's ... More


Variations on Nature: From the Old Manse to the White Whale

John Gatta

in Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and the Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195165050
eISBN:
9780199835140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165055.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Among the divergent forms of nature writing that flourished in nineteenth-century America, the “Old Manse” preface by Hawthorne reflects a distinctive mood of contentment about the author’s residence ... More


Photographic studies in the Hawthornes’ American Note-books

Jessie Morgan-Owens

in Mixed Messages: American Correspondences in Visual and Verbal Practices

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781784991500
eISBN:
9781526115003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784991500.003.0003
Subject:
Art, Art History

When she edits the American Notebooks in the 1860s, Sophia Hawthorne will find passages that she calls ‘photographic studies.’ In this essay, Jessie Morgan-Owens examines each of Sophia Hawthorne’s ... More


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)

Louis P. Masur (ed.)

in “… The Real War Will Never Get in the Books”: Selections from Writers During the Civil War

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098372
eISBN:
9780199853908
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098372.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Nathaniel Hawthorne's letters showed vitality and independence. He tweaked his dear English friends for supporting the Confederacy and he derided his abolitionist neighbors for their simplicity. He ... More


“… The Real War Will Never Get in the Books”: Selections from Writers During the Civil War

Louis P. Masur (ed.)

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098372
eISBN:
9780199853908
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098372.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Drawing on a wide range of material, including diaries, letters, and essays, this book captures the reactions, as the American Civil War was waged, of writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet ... More


Medieval American Literature: Antebellum Narratives and the “Map of the Infinite”

Paul Giles

in The Global Remapping of American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136134
eISBN:
9781400836512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136134.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how the notion of medieval American literature not only makes a paradoxical kind of sense but might be seen as integral to the construction of the subject more generally. It ... More


Paradoxical Pastors; or, What the Novelist Imagined

Karin E. Gedge

in Without Benefit of Clergy: Women and the Pastoral Relationship in Nineteenth-Century American Culture

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195130201
eISBN:
9780199835157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195130200.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Nineteenth-century American readers regularly encountered powerful and paradoxical images of clergy and women in many fictive genres, a reflection of the cultural tensions manifested in the ... More


Blood, Truth, and Consequences: Partus Sequitur Ventrem and the Problem of Legal Title

Jeffory A. Clymer

in Family Money: Property, Race, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199897704
eISBN:
9780199980123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199897704.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Chapter 2 examines the relationship between the law of partus sequitur ventrem, which decreed that a child’s legal status derived from its mother, and the notion that racial identity was ... More


Tales of Transgression, Fables of Industry: Hoffmann, Hawthorne, Melville, and Gaskell

Chris Baldick

in In Frankenstein's Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity, and Nineteenth-Century Writing

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122494
eISBN:
9780191671432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122494.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Mary Shelley was not alone in fictionalizing the various preoccupations that we find at work in Frankenstein. The more familiar home of such Frankensteinian themes, though, lay in the European and ... More


The Romans and the American Romantics

Carl J. Richard

in Romans and Romantics

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199588541
eISBN:
9780191741845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588541.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter demonstrates that most of the American Romantics who created the United States' first national literature, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, were the products of an ... More


Speak No Evil

Don Herzog

in Defaming the Dead

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780300221541
eISBN:
9780300227710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221541.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The chapter opens with a recent obituary that went viral, in which a daughter bitterly indicted her deceased mother for cruelty and child abuse. It goes on to explore the history of the view that we ... More


Antebellum Idealism

David E. Shi

in Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850–1920

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195106534
eISBN:
9780199854097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106534.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

Genteel idealism, domestic idealism, and transcendental idealism dominated the intellectual landscape during the 1830s and 1840s, but three of America's most powerful and enduring writers fell ... More


Telling It Slant

Robert Milder

in Hawthorne's Habitations: A Literary Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199917259
eISBN:
9780190252908
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199917259.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on Salem, Massachusetts, as a “habitation” of Nathaniel Hawthorne's writings, a psychological locale rather than a physical and cultural one. It examines the paradox of ... More


The Life in Music

Catherine Jones

in Literature and Music in the Atlantic World, 1767-1867

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748684618
eISBN:
9781474406369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684618.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter examines the significance of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, and of European constructions of his life and works, to New England Transcendentalism. In so doing, it shows the ... More


Papal Persuasions: Religious Conversion and Deliberative Democracy

Elizabeth Fenton

in Religious Liberties: Anti-Catholicism and Liberal Democracy in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195384093
eISBN:
9780199893584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384093.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter reads antebellum narratives of Catholic conversion within the context of debates over the process that contemporary political theorists refer to as deliberative democracy. Deliberative ... More


M. de l’Aubépine

John Haydock

in Melville's Intervisionary Network: Balzac, Hawthorne, and Realism in the American Renaissance

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954231
eISBN:
9781786944153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954231.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Nathaniel Hawthorne is recognized as having been weightily influenced by Balzac and openly connected in both France and England with the Frenchman’s moral blackness. His sister indicated that he made ... More


Hawthorne's ‘Cold Fancy’ and the Revision of Sympathetic Exchange

Frank Christianson

in Philanthropy in British and American Fiction: Dickens, Hawthorne, Eliot and Howells

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625086
eISBN:
9780748652068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625086.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter describes how Nathaniel Hawthorne revises the romantic doctrine of feeling, specifically arguing that The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance use philanthropy to rework Adam ... More


“Wandering To-and-Fro”: Melville and Religion

Emory Elliott

in A Historical Guide to Herman Melville

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195142822
eISBN:
9780199850297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142822.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

As Lawrence Thomson presents in his work entitled Melville's Quarrel with God, philosophical and religious ideas played no small part in Melville's writings as he expressed questions about God, good ... More


The Wild and the Good

Robert Milder

in Hawthorne's Habitations: A Literary Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199917259
eISBN:
9780190252908
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199917259.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on Nathaniel Hawthorne's fiction, including his notebooks, letters, and short stories, during his time at the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts. It considers the influence of ... More


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