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Week of October 23, 2016

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The Scarlet Letter often looks to modern readers like an affirmation of individual desire in the face of communal repression. In fact, however, Hawthorne’s exploration of individualism was ambiguous enough that his contemporaries were left unsure as to whether his book was celebrating its doomed lovers, or condemning them. How can we read Hawthorne’s masterpiece today so as to acknowledge the complexity of its portrayal of self-exploration?

Webinar Leader: Jennifer Fleissner

 
 
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