The specially commissioned essays collected in this volume establish new parameters for both scholarly and classroom discussion of Hawthorne. This Companion provides fresh perspectives on Hawthorne's classic works, and on topics such as Hawthorne's relationship to history, women, politics, and early America. It brings together a team of leading international scholars to offer the most comprehensive introduction available to Hawthorne's work and life.
Hawthorne's labors in Concord / Larry J. Reynolds Hawthorne as cultural theorist / Joel Pfister Hawthorne and American masculinity / T. Walter Herbert Hawthorne and the question of women / Alison Easton Hawthorne, modernity, and the literary sketch / Kristie Hamilton Hawthorne's American history / Gillian Brown Hawthorne and the writing of childhood / Karen Sánchez-Eppler Love and politics, sympathy and justice in The scarlet letter / Brook Thomas The marvelous queer interiors of The house of the seven gables / Christopher Castiglia Sympathy and reform in The Blithedale romance / Robert S. Levine Perplexity, sympathy, and the question of the human : a reading of The marble faun / Emily Miller Budick Whose Hawthorne? / Gordon Hutner.