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The Manuscript of Septimius: Revisiting the Site of Hawthorne's 'Failure'
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Languages.
2008 (English)In: Studies in the Novel 40:3 (2008): 239-267Article in journal (Refereed)
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Although well-received on its original publication, Hawthorne's posthumous romance about Septimius has been almost universally overlooked in Hawthorne criticism. This essay critiques the Centenary Edition of the romance, arguing that it has inadvertently come to perpetuate Septimius's status as a 'failure.'Reconsidering the internal relations between the documents that make up the romance, the essay suggests that the romance, while incomplete, may well have been brought exactly to the point Hawthorne intended it. Far from being the tragic record of a writer losing his authorial skills, the two 'Septimius' manuscripts, taken together, do not reveal but intentionally and cogently dramatize Hawthorne's sense of - and implicit protest against - the failure of romance in the face of the Civil War

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-24584OAI: diva2:598353
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2013-01-22

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