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Critical Commentary Related to The Blithedale Romance

Critical Commentary Related to The Blithedale Romance

Zenobia, illustration from the<I> Essex Institute Historical Collection</I> volume entitled "From Cover to Cover: The Presentation of Hawthorne
Zenobia, illustration from the Essex Institute Historical Collection volume entitled "From Cover to Cover: The Presentation of Hawthorne's Major Romances" (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
 
  • In this excerpt from his lecture on “The Meanings of Hawthorne’s Women,” Richard Millington discusses Nina Baym’s argument in her essay "Thwarted Nature: Nathaniel Hawthorne as Feminist” that Hawthorne creates subversive women, of which Zenobia is one, and argues that it is a misreading to conflate Hawthorne’s own views with those of his male characters.

  • In this excerpt from her lecture on “Hawthorne and ‘the sphere of ordinary womanhood’"(BR-CE 3:190), Melinda M. Ponder explains that “[b]y The Blithedale Romance, Hawthorne's view of contemporary lives of women is indeed bleak….”

  • In this excerpt from Dearest Beloved: The Hawthornes and the Making of the Middle- Class Family by T. Walter Herbert, he discusses a link between Zenobia and women in other Hawthorne novels. (courtesy of University of California, Berkeley Press)

  • In this excerpt from Nathaniel Hawthorne in His Times by James R. Mellow, he discusses the lack of allegorical scaffolding and Gothic elements in The Blithedale Romance . (courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Press)

  • In this excerpt from The Student Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne by Melissa McFarland Pennell, she discusses links between Hawthorne’s experience at Brook Farm and his novel, The Blithedale Romance. (courtesy of Greenwood Press)

  • In this excerpt from The Student Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne by Melissa McFarland Pennell, she discusses Hawthorne’s doubts about reform movements expressed in his novel, The Blithedale Romance. (courtesy of Greenwood Press)

  • In this excerpt from The Student Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne by Melissa McFarland Pennell, she describes Hawthorne’s treatment of the theme of identity and the secret self through the characters of The Blithedale Romance. (courtesy of Greenwood Press)

  • In this excerpt from The Student Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne by Melissa McFarland Pennell, she describes the link between spiritualism and the 19th century reform movements and Hawthorne’s view of spiritualism. (courtesy of Greenwood Press)




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