Critical Insights: The Scarlet Letter, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1682176894
  • ISBN-13: 9781682176894
  • DDC: 813.3
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 300 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released June 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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This volume examines how Hawthorne’s seminal work brings together many vital strands in American literature and culture: Puritanism and the rise of religious liberalism; philosophical Romanticism and Transcendentalism; the role of women and gender; the nature of justice and democratic governance; and the relationship between the United States and the wider world.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About this Volume.
On The Scarlet Letter.
Biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Critical Contexts.
1: The Scarlet Letter Casts Its Shadow.
2: Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter: One Passage from Multiple Perspectives.
3: “Of Connection across Space and Time:” The Scarlet Letter and Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth.
4: Puritans and Transcendentalists: The Scarlet Letter in New England Culture.
Critical Readings.
5: “Absolutely American”: Hawthorne's Postcolonial and Neocolonial Masterplot.
6: Autobiography and Romance in Hawthorne's “The Custom-House”: Literary Creation and the Second Story.
7: Hawthorne's Removal from the Salem Custom House and the Thematics of Public Exposure in The Scarlet Letter.
8: Dark Romanticism, American Ascetism: The Transatlantic Contexts of The Scarlet Letter.
9: Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and the Form of American Romance.
10: Discovering Hester Prynne: The Scarlet Letter and the American Renaissance.
11: Popular Fiction and The Scarlet Letter.
12: The Scarlet Letter as Utopian/Dystopian Fiction.
13: The Scarlet Letter and Film Adaptation: Feminism and Fidelity.
Major Works.
About the Editor.