Hawthorne's Novels, 1850 - 1852

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Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154671 Hawthorne's Novels, 1850 - 1852 2 HS Mi 14:15 - 15:45 R. 0.420 Blackwell

Course Description

After a long tenure as the self-described “obscurest man of letters in America,” Nathaniel Hawthorne came quickly to prominence with the publication of his first novel, The Scarlet Letter (1850). This began a prolific period in Hawthorne's life, during which he produced three novels in three years: he followed up The Scarlet Letter with The House of the Seven Gables (1851) and The Blithedale Romance (1852). In this course, we will read these three novels in order to examine Hawthorne's career at this crucial turning point. Though they are each quite different from one another, together they form a map of Hawthorne's imaginative terrain as he used the novel form to expand on his fundamental themes: the nature of sin, the logic of property, the politics of community, and the possibilities of art. If you would like to get started with the reading for this course early, begin with The Scarlet Letter and work forward chronologically.

Matthew Blackwell is guest lecturer from the University of Iowa.

Particularly recommended for students of the Angewandte Studiengänge.

Reading List

We will be using the Norton Critical Editions in class: The Scarlet Letter ISBN: 978-0393979534; The House of the Seven Gables ISBN: 978-0393924763; The Blithedale Romance ISBN: 978-0393928617


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA Lehramt:1401, 1403 LPO 2003:
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  • GyGe:6c, 6d
  • SP1. Fach: 5b
  • SP2. Fach: 4b
  • BK:6c, 6d
LABG 2009:
  • G: 703, 704
  • HRG: 602
  • GyGe/BK: 602, 701, 702
  • SP: 703
LABG 2016:
  • G: 602, 703, 704
  • HRSGe: 602
  • GyGe/BK: 602, 701, 702
  • SP: 703
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Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:

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