NHS Conference Sessions





Session 1—5:30 at House of the Seven Gables

Thomas Woodson, Ohio State University (emeritus).  “Hawthorne in Salem: Witchcraft, Theater, and Horticulture”

Reception following presentation, 6:30 until as late as 10:00




Session 2—8:30–10:00.  Questions of Race

Ellen Weinauer, University of Southern Mississippi.  “Hawthorne, the Occult, and the Politics of Racial Identity.”

Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland.  “Race and The House of the Seven Gables: A Critical Genealogy and Prospectus”

Steven Thomas, Penn State University.  “The Specters of the Native and the Purloined Letter of the American Land in House of the Seven Gables


Session 3—8:30–10:00.  Hawthorne and Others

Atsuko Oda, Mie University, Japan.  “The Old Manse” and the Concord as Emersonian Symbol”

John Idol, Clemson University (emeritus). “Villain, Goad, or Something Else: Chillingworth as Depicted by Hawthorne and Christopher Bigby”

Buford Jones, Duke University.  “A Small Boy, Hester Prynne, and Little Pearl: Henry James Encounters Emanuel Leutze”


Session 4—10:30–12:00. Plenary Session

Rita Gollin, SUNY, Geneseo (emerita).  “Hawthorne's "Fairest Hope of Heaven”

Michael Colacurcio, UCLA.  “‘Red Man’s Grave’: ‘Main Street’ and the Romance of Destiny.”


Session 5—1:15–2:45.  Political Hawthorne?

Magnus Ullén, Stockholm University.  “Hawthorne’s Providential Allegory: The Politics of Ambiguity Revisited”

Joel Pfister, Wesleyan University.  “Hawthorne as Reform Theorist”

Larry J. Reynolds, Texas A & M University.  “Hawthorne and Politics: A Call for Multliple Perspectives”


Session 6—1:15–2:45.  Psychoanalytic Approaches

Roberta Weldon, Universitiy of Houston.  “Irigaray Meets Freud at The House of the Seven Gables

Dominique Régis Claisse, Université deValenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis, France. “From the Missing Mother to Feminine Nature, in The House of the Seven Gables

David Diamond, Harvard Medical School.  “The Contribution of Early Parental Loss to Zenobia's Suicide in The Blithedale Romance


Session 7—3:00–4:30.  Hawthorne and Others II

David Cody, Hartwick College.  “Hawthorne, Hone, and the English Antiquarian Tradition”

Nancy Lusignan Schultz, Salem State College. “Salem as Hawthorne’s Creation”

Danny Robinson, Bloomsburg University.  “Artistic Representations of A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales

Nassim Balestrini, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet in Mainz, Germany. “150 Years of The Scarlet Letter as Drama and Opera.”

Session 8—3:00–4:30.  Hawthorne and Poe Panel

Arranged by Alexander Hammond & Jana Argersinger at Poe Studies, Washington State University.  Speakers: Monika M. Elbert, Montclair State University; Theresa Goddu, Vanderbilt University; Richard Kopley, Penn State University, Dubois; Susan Williams, Ohio State University




Session 9—8:30–10:00.  Questions of Gender I

Lisa Cochran Higgins, Dominican University. “The Silenced ‘Fair Orator’:  Hester Prynne as Public Woman.” 

Robert Martin, University of Montreal. 

Alison Easton, Lancaster University, England.  “‘A Disturbing Influence’: Hawthorne and the Question of Women”


Session 10—8:30–10:00.  Philosophical Perspectives

Wendy Piper, University of New Hampshire.  “Romance as ‘Bildung’: A Hermeneutical Reading of The Marble Faun.”

Stéphanie Carrez, Université Nancy 2, France.  “Symbol and Interpretation in Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter

Julio Jeha, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.  “The Monstrous Veil: Hawthorne’s Process of Signification”


Session 11—10: 30–12:00.  Plenary Session

Millicent Bell,  Boston University (emerita) “Hawthorne and the Real”

Leland S. Person, “Hawthorne's Early Tales: Male Authorship, Domestic Violence, and Female Readers”


Session 12—1:30–3:00.  Hawthorne and the Ethics of Reading

Clark Davis, University of Denver. “Reading and Respect: Hawthorne as Stranger.”

Albert Keith Whitaker, Boston College.  “Neoconservative Nathaniel: Bioethics and ‘The Birth-mark.’”

Peter R. Sattler, Lakeland College.  “Pearl’s Great Price: An Argument against Symbolism”


Session 13—1:30–3:00.  Questions of Gender II

Samuel Coale, Wheaton College. “Hawthorne’s Sweet Violence: Domains of Spurious Autonomy and Relentless Ambiguity.”

Megan Swihart Jewell, Duquesne University. “The  Women in ‘The Gentle Boy’ : The Development of Hawthorne’s Maternal Thinking”

David Greven, Boston University.  “‘Among the Swinish Multitude’: The Blithedale Romance, 1850s Masculinity, and the Male Gaze”




Session 14— 8:30–10:00.  New Contextual Work

Michael Theune, Illinois Wesleyan University.  The Marble Faun and the Fall: Toward an Evolutionary Context”

Robert Gunn, New York University.  “Reckoning ‘A Monstrous Birth’: “Chiefly About War-matters’ and the Ethics of Romance.”

Robert Wilson, Lehigh University. “Romanticism and the Crowd: ‘Young Goodman Brown’ and the Threat of Jacksonian Democracy.”

David Faflik, University of North Carolina.  “Boarders, Brothers, Lovers—Blithedale’s Theater of Feeling”