Practicing Romance : Narrative Form and Cultural Engagement in Hawthorne's Fiction

By: Millington, Richard HMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPrinceton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (0 p.)ISBN: 9781400862252Subject(s): Fiction -- Technique | Hawthorne, Nathaniel, -- 1804-1864 -- Political and social views | Hawthorne, Nathaniel, -- 1804-1864 -- Technique | Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Narration (Rhetoric) -- History -- 19th century | Romanticism -- United States | Social problems in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Practicing Romance : Narrative Form and Cultural Engagement in Hawthorne's FictionDDC classification: 813.3 LOC classification: PS1892.S58 -- M55 1992ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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A model of elegant synthesis, this study brings together fruitful insights about the form and structure of Hawthorne's major works, the romance genre, and the cultural milieu within which Hawthorne worked, and which, according to the author, he attempted to alter. This is an excellent and eminently useful example of the kind of culturally based criticism that is enriching the study of 19th-century American literature these days, and providing new avenues of approach to major American writers. Much of the best recent cultural criticism is more general in scope e.g., G. Gunn's The Culture of Criticism and the Criticism of Culture (CH, Oct'87), J.P. Tompkin's Sensational Designs (CH, Nov'85), M. Bell's The Development of American Romance (1985), E. Carton's The Rhetoric of American Romance (1985), K. Haltunen's Confidence Men and Painted Women (CH, May'83), and D.E. Pease's Visionary Compacts (CH, Sep'87); but Millington's study, like the work of Nina Baym, Richard Brodhead, and Frederick Crews, marks an advance in our understanding of Hawthorne. Excellent notes. Highly recommended for Hawthorne scholars, teachers, and upper-division undergraduates. S. R. Graham; Nazareth College of Rochester

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