Tobin Siebers (essay date 1983)
SOURCE: Siebers, Tobin. “Hawthorne's Appeal and Romanticism.” In The American Renaissance: New Dimensions, edited by Harry R. Garvin and Peter C. Carafiol, pp. 100-117. London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1983.
[In the following essay, Siebers maintains that Hawthorne utilizes the literary traditions of Gothicism and Romanticism in his stories in order to critique New England's history of witch trials.]
Great literature expresses history, that is, explicates it. Yet part of the literary expression of history may be contingent upon history's capacity to explicate itself. One domain in which this capacity reveals itself concerns the role of the...
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