Academic journal article Nathaniel Hawthorne Review

Tribute to Robert K. Martin: November 27, 1941-February 20, 2012

Academic journal article Nathaniel Hawthorne Review

Tribute to Robert K. Martin: November 27, 1941-February 20, 2012

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The Hawthorne Society has lost a special colleague. Robert Martin served as the Society's president in 1999 and 2000 and organized our first international conference, the 1998 summer meeting at John Cabot University in Rome. He chaired the English Studies Department at the Universite de Montreal for many years and also taught at Concordia University. Robert was a close friend of mine, and I have many happy memories of times we spent together--especially an excursion by water taxi across Baltimore harbor in search of crab cakes after we had co-presented a paper entitled "'But suppose I did want a boy?': Homosexual Economies in The Confidence Man" as well as two visits to his home in Montreal. He was also a collaborator--on Roman Holidays: American Writers and Artists in Nineteenth-Century Italy, a collection of essays from the Rome conference (Iowa, 2002), and on a special issue of ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, "The Hawthorne-Melville Relationship" (2000).

Robert was one of the pioneers in establishing a canon of gay and lesbian literature, and he probably deserves the title of father of gay American literary criticism. He published The Homosexual Tradition in American Poetry, based on his Brown University dissertation, with the University of Texas Press in 1979. (Iowa published an expanded edition in 1998.) He published the groundbreaking Hero, Captain, and Stranger: Male Friendship, Social Critique, and Literary Forms in the Sea Novels of Herman Melville (U of North Carolina P, 1986). …

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