Hawthorne and Melville: Writing a Relationship

Hawthorne and Melville: Writing a Relationship

by Laurie Robertson-Lorant
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0820330965

ISBN-13: 9780820330969

Pub. Date: 06/15/2008

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne met in 1850 and enjoyed for sixteen months an intense but brief friendship. Taking advantage of new interpretive tools such as queer theory, globalist studies, political and social ideology, marketplace analysis, psychoanalytical and philosophical applications to literature, masculinist theory, and critical studies of race,

Overview

Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne met in 1850 and enjoyed for sixteen months an intense but brief friendship. Taking advantage of new interpretive tools such as queer theory, globalist studies, political and social ideology, marketplace analysis, psychoanalytical and philosophical applications to literature, masculinist theory, and critical studies of race, the twelve essays in this book focus on a number of provocative personal, professional, and literary ambiguities existing between the two writers.

Jana L. Argersinger and Leland S. Person introduce the volume with a lively summary of the known biographical facts of the two writers’ relationship and an overview of the relevant scholarship to date. Some of the essays that follow broach the possibility of sexual dimensions to the relationship, a question that “looms like a grand hooded phantom” over the field of Melville-Hawthorne studies. Questions of influence—Hawthorne’s on Moby-Dick and Pierre and Melville’s on The Blithedale Romance, to mention only the most obvious instances—are also discussed. Other topics covered include professional competitiveness; Melville’s search for a father figure; masculine ambivalence in the marketplace; and political-literary aspects of nationalism, transcendentalism, race, and other defining issues of Hawthorne and Melville’s times.

Roughly half of the essays focus on biographical issues; the others take literary perspectives. The essays are informed by a variety of critical approaches, as well as by new historical insights and new understandings of the possibilities that existed for male friendships in nineteenth-century American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820330969
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
06/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
800,580
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Abbreviations for Frequently Cited Sources     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Hawthorne and Melville: Writing, Relationship, and Missing Letters   Jana L. Argersinger   Leland S. Person     1
Toward the Biographical
Mr. Omoo and the Hawthornes: The Biographical Background   Laurie Robertson-Lorant     27
Hawthorne and Melville; or, The Ambiguities   Brenda Wineapple     51
"The Ugly Socrates": Melville, Hawthorne, and the Varieties of Homoerotic Experience   Robert Milder     71
"Ineffable Socialities": Melville, Hawthorne, and Masculine Ambivalence in the Antebellum Marketplace   Gale Temple     113
Italy, the Civil War, and the Politics of Friendship   Dennis Berthold     133
Letters on Foolscap   Wyn Kelley     155
Toward the Literary
Hawthorne and Melville in the Shoals: "Agatha," the Trials of Authorship, and the Dream of Collaboration   Wyn Kelley     173
"Shanties of Chapters and Essays": Rewriting Moby-Dick   Robert Sattelmeyer     197
Genealogical Fictions: Race in The House of the Seven Gables and Pierre   Robert S. Levine     227
In the Whale's Wake: Melville and The Blithedale Romance   Thomas R. Mitchell     249
"In Old Rome's Pantheon": Hawthorne, Melville, and the Two Republics   Richard Hardack     269
Hawthorne, Melville, and the Spirits   Ellen Weinauer     297
Alienated Affections: Hawthorne and Melville's Trans-intimate Relationship   Christopher Castiglia     321
Works Cited     345
Contributors     367
Index     371

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