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The making of the Hawthorne subject, Alison Easton

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The making of the Hawthorne subject
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The making of the Hawthorne subject
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Alison Easton
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eng
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  • This comprehensive study of Nathaniel Hawthorne's early writings analyzes the development of Hawthorne's work over the first twenty-five years of his career. Alison Easton studies that process in relation to current critical debates on subjectivity. By examining Hawthorne's novels, sketches, tales, letters, notebooks, reviews, and children's books up to the publication of The Scarlet Letter, Easton shows how Hawthorne tried to understand the complexities of the clash between desire (that which is unrecognized by the social order) and circumstance (the conditions under which one must live in society). The Hawthorne who emerges from this study proves to be a sophisticated theorist of subjectivity, whose project was central to his times. The author contends that over the first half of his career Hawthorne explored, experimented, and negotiated his way toward a better model of the human subject than the ones that are usually seen as his cultural inheritance. This approach implies a complex, dialectic development in Hawthorne's work, arising from twenty-five years of accumulated experimentation and ongoing debate. Nearly all critics of Hawthorne have ignored this element of development, thus missing the complex evolution of the subject and the revealing intertextual play of meaning that is evident in everything Hawthorne wrote during this period. Easton's study is the first to supply a full chronology for the works written during these years, and the only one to consider in close detail the full and bewilderingly diverse range of his writing throughout this period and to find an overall pattern in the several stages of his intellectual and artistic enterprise
  • "This comprehensive study of Nathaniel Hawthorne's early writings analyzes the development of Hawthorne's work over the first twenty-five years of his career. Alison Easton studies that process in relation to current critical debates on subjectivity. By examining Hawthorne's novels, sketches, tales, letters, notebooks, reviews, and children's books up to the publication of The Scarlet Letter, Easton shows how Hawthorne tried to understand the complexities of the clash between desire (that which is unrecognized by the social order) and circumstance (the conditions under which one must live in society). The Hawthorne who emerges from this study proves to be a sophisticated theorist of subjectivity, whose project was central to his times. The author contends that over the first half of his career Hawthorne explored, experimented, and negotiated his way toward a better model of the human subject than the ones that are usually seen as his cultural inheritance. This approach implies a complex, dialectic development in Hawthorne's work, arising from twenty-five years of accumulated experimentation and ongoing debate. Nearly all critics of Hawthorne have ignored this element of development, thus missing the complex evolution of the subject and the revealing intertextual play of meaning that is evident in everything Hawthorne wrote during this period. Easton's study is the first to supply a full chronology for the works written during these years, and the only one to consider in close detail the full and bewilderingly diverse range of his writing throughout this period and to find an overall pattern in the several stages of his intellectual and artistic enterprise. Easton brings to scholars and students of nineteenth-century American literature a study of Hawthorne's work that is unique in both scope and perspective. The Making of the Hawthorne Subject offers a substantial and original contribution to the way we think about Hawthorne's work and the relationship of the human subject to the social order of mid-nineteenth-century America."--Publishers website
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1943-
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Easton, Alison
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Subjectivity in literature
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel
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The making of the Hawthorne subject, Alison Easton
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-304) and index
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
"I am a good deal changed since those time": introduction -- "Fantastic dreams and madmen's reveries": Seven tales and Fanshawe -- "Am I here, or there?": the Provincial tales period -- "Wide awake in a realm of illusions": the story teller and other tales -- "Not ... altogether a chameleon spirit": the work of the later 1830s -- "A truer ... representation of the human heart": the Concord period -- "Being serviceable to mankind in his day and generation": the Salem tales -- "The best of his mind": the Scarlet letter
Control code
33079354
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 311 pages
Isbn
9780826210401
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95036101
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(WaOLN)1726209
Label
The making of the Hawthorne subject, Alison Easton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-304) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"I am a good deal changed since those time": introduction -- "Fantastic dreams and madmen's reveries": Seven tales and Fanshawe -- "Am I here, or there?": the Provincial tales period -- "Wide awake in a realm of illusions": the story teller and other tales -- "Not ... altogether a chameleon spirit": the work of the later 1830s -- "A truer ... representation of the human heart": the Concord period -- "Being serviceable to mankind in his day and generation": the Salem tales -- "The best of his mind": the Scarlet letter
Control code
33079354
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 311 pages
Isbn
9780826210401
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95036101
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1726209

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