Women's Issues in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter

Women's Issues in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter

by Claudia Durst Johnson


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Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue; and a detailed subject index.

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ISBN-13: 9780737742633
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 11/07/2008
Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
Pages: 167
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 9 Chronology 13 Chapter 1 Background on Nathaniel Hawthorne
1 The Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne John L. Idol Jr. 17
2 Hawthorne's Family's Impact on His Fiction Gloria C. Erlich 25
3 The Hawthorne-Fuller Friendship David B. Kesterson 34 Chapter 2 The Scarlet Letter and Women's Issues
1 Hester and Feminists of the 1840s David S. Reynolds 40
2 A Mixture of Feminism and Misogyny Alison Easton 48
3 Puritans and Feminists Leland S. Person 57
4 Hester as Hero Nina Baym 67
5 Woman Identified with the Marginalized Artist Ken Egan Jr. 74
6 A Woman's Calling Carolyn R. Maibor 80
7 Living Against Nature in Puritan New England Frederick Newberry 88
8 Woman as Outsider Kristin Herzog 99
9 Leadership and Delicacy Joyce W. Warren 106
10 Hawthorne Lets the Patriarchs Win Louise DeSalvo 113 Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on Women's Issues
1 The Forced Marriage John Dougherty Kirk Johnson 122
2 The Single Mother Ruth Sidel 127
3 Still Quiet and Submissive John Hooper Jo Revill John Hooper Tania Branigan 134
4 "GodMen" in a Defeminized Church Paul T. Coughlin 140
5 Hester's Powerful Progeny Karen Breslau 147 For Further Discussion 153 For Further Reading 154 Bibliography 156 Index 161

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