Category: Devils and Rebels: The Making of Hawthorne’s Damned Politics

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Fears of Insurrection in Hawthorne’s “My Kinsman, Major Molineux.”

Lately, I have been focusing on the Africanist presence in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil,” and this exploration has led me to consider it in other texts written by Hawthorne, specifically “My Kinsman, Major Molineux.” This examination intrigues me because while doing preliminary research, I have not seen many scholars address how Hawthorne explores concepts of race and even slavery in his early … Read More Fears of Insurrection in Hawthorne’s “My Kinsman, Major Molineux.”

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Race in Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil”

Last year, I wrote about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil” and slavery. This semester, I taught the story again, and this time, I became more intrigued by the correlations between the Hawthorne’s tale and issues of race and abolitionism that circled around the nation during the period. The story originally appeared in the 1832 edition of The Token and Atlantic Souvenir; later, Hawthorne … Read More Race in Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil”