Nathaniel Hawthorne’s status as an artist rests as much on The Scarlet Letter as on his short fictions. It is both telling and appropriate that academic research in the short story should be dated to Mary Rohrberger’s study Hawthorne and the Modern Short Story, published in 1966. The present volume adds to this discourse with contributions by Paulina Ambroży, Katarzyna Kuczma, Joseph Kuhn, David Malcolm, Marek Paryż, Janusz Semrau, Paweł Stachura, and Marek Wilczyński. Represented here are some of the most widely-known stories, such as «My Kinsman, Major Molineux», «Wakefield», «Roger Malvin’s Burial», «Ethan Brand», «The Great Stone Face», and some of the less widely-known ones, such as «Legends of the Province-House», «The Haunted Mind», «The Threefold Destiny», «Foot-prints on the Sea-shore». The individual essays discuss Hawthorne’s texts in quasi-generic terms, through some persistent American themes and motifs, as well as for their aesthetic, philosophical, and existential meanings. The readings draw ideological and theoretical support from the thought of Emerson, Hegel, Trilling, de Certeau, Freud, Heidegger, Lacan, and Derrida.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften|
|Series:||Warsaw Studies in English Language and Literature Series , #11|
|Product dimensions:||5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.02(d)|
About the Author
Janusz Semrau teaches American literature at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and at the University of Social Sciences in Warsaw. He has authored several books and numerous papers on various aspects of American literature.
Table of Contents
Content: Paweł Stachura: Drawing under the radar: «Earth’s Holocaust» and truth in painting – Paulina Ambroży: On the unconcealedness of the sketch in «The Prophetic Pictures» – Marek Paryż: Roger Malvin’s corpse – Marek Wilczyński: Between memory and tradition; or, «Legends of the Province-House» – Joseph Kuhn: The Robin Molineux of Lionel Trilling – Janusz Semrau: What if «Wakefield» were (about) a woman? – Katarzyna Kuczma: Hawthorne’s natural order of self-reflexivity – David Malcolm: Is there coherence and cohesion in the 1837 volume of Twice-told tales?