Description : Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne met in 1850 and enjoyed for sixteen months an intense but brief friendship. Taking advantage of new interpretive tools such as queer theory, globalist studies, political and social ideology, marketplace analysis, psychoanalytical and philosophical applications to literature, masculinist theory, and critical studies of race, the twelve essays in this book focus on a number of provocative personal, professional, and literary ambiguities existing between the two writers. Jana L. Argersinger and Leland S. Person introduce the volume with a lively summary of the known biographical facts of the two writers’ relationship and an overview of the relevant scholarship to date. Some of the essays that follow broach the possibility of sexual dimensions to the relationship, a question that “looms like a grand hooded phantom” over the field of Melville-Hawthorne studies. Questions of influence--Hawthorne’s on Moby-Dick and Pierre and Melville’s on The Blithedale Romance, to mention only the most obvious instances--are also discussed. Other topics covered include professional competitiveness; Melville’s search for a father figure; masculine ambivalence in the marketplace; and political-literary aspects of nationalism, transcendentalism, race, and other defining issues of Hawthorne and Melville’s times. Roughly half of the essays focus on biographical issues; the others take literary perspectives. The essays are informed by a variety of critical approaches, as well as by new historical insights and new understandings of the possibilities that existed for male friendships in nineteenth-century American culture.
Description : Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville--so different in temperament and background--were intellectual equals who formed a singular and intense friendship beginning in 1850. This volume, divided into three parts, examines the relationship. The bibliographic part addresses biographical accounts of the friendship, assessments of mutual influences, literary reflections of their relationship, parallel readings of their works, and generic and theoretical approaches to the two. The second part includes seven of the most important biographical and critical essays written on the Hawthorne-Melville relationship. The third appends the surviving primary sources: Melville's Hawthorne and His Mosses essay, Melville's 12 surviving letters to the Hawthornes, man and wife, and the Hawthornes' one surviving letter to Melville.
Description : This book considers the portrayal of the American national character in the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. It examines Hawthorne's abiding concern with the development of New England from colony to province to republic, and analyses Melville's changing evocation of 'the new American', and the difficulties he faced in sustaining his heady nationalistic faith.
Description : The Logic of Sentiment is a study of sentimentality, a literary mode that aims to answer the question, "What hold us together?" Against the grain of cultural studies, which understands sentimentality as consolidating communities on the basis of material or historical foundations, Kenneth Dauber takes a philosophical approach. He argues that sentimentality is love conceptualized in denial of a skepticism--understood as the problem of people's otherness to each other--that material associations cannot dispel. Through close readings in the style of "ordinary language" criticism, Dauber analyzes mid-19th-century American novels, where sentimentality achieved its most complete articulation, with a focus on three novels published nearly simultaneously–Uncle Tom's Cabin, The House of the Seven Gables, and Pierre. Referencing a wide range of philosophical and literary texts, Dauber examines the response of sentimental writers to their growing awareness of love's lack of foundation, the waywardness with which individuals dispose themselves as they succeed and fail in achieving a viable "we." The Logic of Sentiment traces the movement from sentimentality to realism, the relation between epistemology and ethics, and the kind of investments that writers attempt to solicit from their readers.
Description : Shining examples of American literature at its best, these four novels explore timeless themes—adventure, war, sex, and morality—through compelling narratives. An adulteress, a runaway boy, a terrified soldier, and a maltreated sailor—the heroes of these novels have become a part of popular culture. This indispensable volume includes… The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane Billy Budd by Herman Melville With an Introduction by Sandra Newman
Description : Features the full text of an article "Hawthorne and his Mosses," by the American author Herman Melville (1819-1891). Notes that it appeared in the journal "The Literary World," on August 17 and 24, 1850. Contains a critical interpretation of the works of the American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864).
Description : The Corporeal Self argues that questions about identity, conceived in bodily terms, are not only relevant for Melville and Hawthorne, the two nineteenth-century authors whose works are positioned at opposite extremes of the consideration of human identity, but lie at the heart of the American literary tradition, and have, in that tradition, their own revisionary status.
Description : Astrology can provide us with important insights for many moments in our lives. When it comes to choosing a good book, it wouldn't be any different! In this series we choose novels to entertain and stir the imagination of each zodiac sign. In this book you will find two classic novels specially selected for the passionate and resourceful Scorpio. For a more complete experience, be sure to also read the anthologies of your rising sign and moon sign! This book contains: - The Scarlet Letter. - Moby-Dick.
Description : If you don't know Melville's letters to Hawthorne, you don't know Melville. These letters are full of passion, humor, doubt, and spiritual yearning, and offer an intimate view of Melville's personality. Lyrical and effusive, they are literary works in themselves. This correspondence has been out of print for decades, and even when it was in print it appeared in scholarly volumes of Melville's complete correspondence, aimed at the academy. The Divine Magnet will provide the general literary public as well as the college classroom with a reliable and beautifully produced volume of Melville's letters to Hawthorne, along with supplemental material, highlighting the relationship between these luminaries of American letters.