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The scarlet letter : complete, authoritative text with biographical background and critical history plus essays from five contemporary critical perspectives with introductions and bibliographies

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne; Ross C Murfin
Publisher: Boston : Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, ©1991.
Series: Case studies in contemporary criticism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Set in 17th-century Puritan New England, this story of illicit passion, guilt and punishment revolves around the beautiful and mysterious Hester Prynne. She is condemned to wear a scarlet letter as a sign of her adultery, and it has a strange and disturbing effect upon those around her - neighbours, husband, lover and child." "The student will find a helpful introduction and a full section of resource notes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Psychological fiction
Named Person: Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel (1804-1864) Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nathaniel Hawthorne; Ross C Murfin
ISBN: 0312060246 9780312060244 0312035462 9780312035464 0333575601 9780333575604
OCLC Number: 23034506
Description: xi, 371 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part One. The complete text. The prison-door --
The market-place --
The recognition --
The interview --
Hester at her needle --
Pearl --
The governor's hall --
The elf-child and the minister --
The leech --
The leech and his patient --
The interior of a heart --
The minister's vigil --
Another view of Hestor --
Hester and the physician --
Hester and Pearl --
A forest walk --
The pastor and his parishioner --
A flood of sunshine --
The child at the brook-side --
The minister in a maze --
The New England holiday --
The procession --
The revelation of the scarlet letter --
Conclusion. Part Two. A case study in contemporary criticism --
Introduction: the critical background --
Psychoanalytic criticism and The scarlet letter --
Re-reading The letter: Hawthorne, the fetish, and the (family) romance / Joanne Feit Diehl --
Reader-response criticism and The scarlet letter --
Mrs. Hawthorne's headache: reading The scarlet letter / David Leverenz --
Feminist criticism and The scarlet letter --
The scarlet letter (a)dorée, or the female body embroidered / Shari Benstock --
Deconstruction and The scarlet letter --
Silence, family discourse, and fiction in The scarlet letter / Michael Ragussis --
The new historicism and The scarlet letter --
Hawthorne's a-morality of compromise / Sacvan Bercovitch.
Series Title: Case studies in contemporary criticism.
Responsibility: Nathaniel Hawthorne ; edited by Ross C. Murfin.
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This edition of Hawthorne's classic novel presents the Centenary edition as well as five critical essays that read "The Scarlet Letter" from five contemporary perspectives.  Read more...

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