Hawthorne, Gender, and Death
by Roberta Weldon (9780230602908)

Hawthorne, Gender, and Death
 

Roberta Weldon


Release Date: June 2008
Format: Hardback
Pages: 203
Category: Literature & Literary Studies
ISBN: 9780230602908
ISBN-10: 0230602908



Hawthorne is an important fixture in American culture. He is the most taught American writer worldwide and "The Scarlet Letter" is the most taught American novel. This book uses Hawthorne as a case study to explore culture values and systems of meaning. It invites its readers to consider such important questions as why do men in our culture associate women with death? Why are men and women unable to get along? What is happiness and what are the obstacles to achieving it? and, How do our strategies for denying death affect the living?This is a long overdue study of an important subject neglected in recent Hawthorne scholarship. Although Hawthorne was writing for a Christina audience, critics have been reluctant to consider Hawthorne's Christianity. This book takes the bold step of considering Hawthorne's Christianity and the challenges his novels pose to Christian ideology. It is the first full-length study of this subject in more than three decades. Critics continue to debate whether Hawthorne is anti or pro-feminist. Approaching Hawthorne's fiction in light of cultural anthropology and theories about political justice, and death and dying, this book offers a fresh perspective on the issue.Theoretically sophisticated yet clearly written and accessible to specialist and non-specialist alike, this book breaks new ground in Hawthorne studies by drawing upon a range of critical approaches, including cultural anthropology, psychoanalytic theory, political justice theory, and feminist theory to explain the complex nexus of ethical, gender, and religious questions at the core of his novels.This book draws on a range of critical approaches, including cultural anthropology, psychoanalytic theory, political justice theory, and feminist theory, to consider the ways that strategies of death denial and their compensatory consolations offer insight into the ethical, gender, and religious questions raised by Hawthorne's novels.

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