Hawthorne, Gender, And Death: Christianity and Its Discontents

Hardcover | May 19, 2008

byR. Weldon

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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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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 ...

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 journals as American Transcendental Quarterly, Studies in American Fiction, and the Studies in Short Fiction. 

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:May 19, 2008Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230602908

ISBN - 13:9780230602908

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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