Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Romanticism and Transcendentalism: Hawthorne’s Devil in the Dark
by Bramlet, Chase, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2020, 61; 27957889
Abstract (Summary)

Few literary scholars today would number Nathaniel Hawthorne among the Transcendentalists. Although Hawthorne utilizes many of the themes and practices of the Transcendentalists, he diverges sharply from their teachings. The following research not only supports this claim, it also analyzes Hawthorne’s rejection of the philosophy through many of the literary works he writes during his years spent in Concord, Massachusetts. An archetype of the devilish fiend has significant contextual value in many of Hawthorne’s stories that discuss Transcendental themes and ideas in the most detail. This figure takes precedence exclusively in stories relating to Transcendental ideas and/or Hawthorne’s response thereof. This research claims Hawthorne’s reason for forsaking Emersonian Transcendentalism is due to an unconditional depravity of the human soul.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Savoie, John
Commitee: Anderson, Jill, Berger, Charles
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature
Keywords: Blithedale romance, Devil, Emerson, Hawthorne, Transcendentalism, Goodman Brown, Young
Publication Number: 27957889
ISBN: 9798645498184
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