Academic journal article Nathaniel Hawthorne Review

Current Bibliography

Academic journal article Nathaniel Hawthorne Review

Current Bibliography

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Bryant, Rachel. "Current Bibliography." Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 37.2 (2011): 158-168.

Smith, Andrew M., and Elizabeth Wright. "Hawthorne." American Literary Scholarship, 2009. Ed. Gary E. Scharnhorst. Durham, N.C.: Duke UP, 2011. 31-43.


Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Selected Stories. Intro. Brenda Wineapple. Cambridge: Belknap of Harvard UP, 2011.

This new John Harvard Library edition reproduces the authoritative texts of Hawthorne's stories in The Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, featuring an Introduction by Brenda Wineapple, a note on the text, a chronology of Hawthorne's life, a selected bibliography, and nineteen of Hawthorne's short stories. In her Introduction, Wineapple asserts that "Hawthorne is at his stylistic best" in the short stories, "a master at timing, suspense, and the fearsomeness of the unsaid" (viii). She emphasizes and celebrates Hawthorne's meticulous attention to detail, citing James T. Fields' view of "Night Sketches" and she exhorts continued engagement with Hawthorne's fiction: "inspired by him, we look to him, albeit through a glass, darkly, and hence keep reading and rereading [these] tales" (xxi).


Alvis, John E. Nathaniel Hawthorne as Political Philosopher: Revolutionary Principles Domesticated and Personalized. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2011.

In this five-chapter volume, Alvis asserts that Hawthorne and fellow American writers "took upon themselves a project of defining America, the polity" (1). Alvis discusses connections between principles set forth by the Declaration of Independence and recurring concerns in Hawthorne's fiction. He particularly designates The Scarlet Letter and The Blithedale Romance as works synoptic of America's past, present, and future. He examines "Hawthorne's understanding of founding beliefs developed through his depiction of the ramifications in the lives of transplanted Europeans during the country's Puritan seedtime and in the era following Independence up to about the middle of the nineteenth century" (3). Finally, Alvis attempts to grasp the revolutionary and founding principles preserved in the Declaration as they relate to Hawthorne.

Anesko, Michael, and N. Christine Brookes. The French Face of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Monsieur de l'Aubepine and His Second Empire Critics. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2011. (BOOK REVIEWED in this issue.)

Anesko and Brookes collaborate on this two-part volume. Part 1 includes a Historical Introduction featuring a critical background, a biographical overview, "The French Face(s) of Nathaniel Hawthorne," and a critical legacy. Part 2, "Transatlantic Reflections," features essays by six French literary critics, 1852-1864, compiled as full texts, along with English translations and helpful annotations. These essays detail the reception of Hawthorne's work by French audiences and provide readers with a better understanding of "the complexity of transatlantic culture exchange in the nineteenth century" (xii).

Coale, Samuel Chase. The Entanglements of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Haunted Minds and Ambiguous Approaches. Rochester: Camden House, 2011. (BOOK REVIEWED in this issue.)

Coale surveys Hawthorne scholarship from the 1830s to 2010, investigating as well topical concerns and evolving critical assumptions. Coale's book revolves around two notions of "entanglements." The first derives from physicist Louisa Gilder's description of quantum theory, which is the state of bits--light or matter--that function separately, but act as if connected and applies to Hawthorne's fiction based on the fact that he began his romances and short stories as allegories. The second relates to figurative entanglements encountered by critics as they wrestle with preexisting notions of Hawthorne. The book provides a framework for approaching Hawthorne's fiction as well as a structure for understanding the ways that scholars analyze and define his works. …

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