Hawthorne, Gender, And Death / Edition 1

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The strategies that people use to come to terms with death mirror cultural beliefs about such crucial concerns as life’s purpose, the idea of happiness, and the nature of ethical relationships. This book considers Nathaniel Hawthorne’s representations of strategies of death denial and their compensatory consolations—emphasizing their effects on the relationship between men and women. Drawing upon a range of critical approaches, including cultural anthropology, psychoanalytic theory, political justice theory, feminist theory, and formal analysis, Weldon’s thought-provoking study offers fresh insights into the ethical, gender, and religious questions raised by Hawthorne’s novels.

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"Weldon explores the heretofore occulted connections between the violence Hawthone's male protagonists directed against women and their fears of psychic disintegration, mortality, and social annihilation. Weldon's persuasive elaborations of this claim enable her to demonstrate, quite convincingly in my estimation, how the denial of death constitutes a transcultural and even a v structure of masculinist self-construction.”—Donald Pease, Avalon Chair of Humanities and Director of the Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230602908
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Roberta Weldon is Associate Professor of English, University of Houston. A specialist in early American literature and the nineteenth century American fiction, she has published articles in such jourbanals as American Transcendental Quarterly, Studies in American Fiction, and the Studies in Short Fiction.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Unholy Dying in The Scarlet Letter     13
"The Custom-House," the Secular Pilgrim, and the Happy Death     33
"Familial Immortality" and the "Dying of Death" in The House of the Seven Gables     53
From Melancholy to Mourning: Death and Politics in The Blithedale Romance     83
"Intimate Equality": Sacrifice and Death in The Marble Faun     113
Conclusion     133
Notes     153
Bibliography     181
Index     193
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