Prophetic pictures : Nathaniel Hawthorne's knowledge and uses of the visual arts

Rita K. Gollin and John L. Idol, Jr. ; with the assistance of Sterling K. Eisiminger

This study takes an unusual approach to Nathaniel Hawthorne's work by exploring his knowledge and uses of the visual arts. The authors trace Hawthorne's encounters with art in his native New England, highlight his determined effort to acquire a taste for painting at the Manchester Exhibition in 1857, explore his responses to art as he traveled through France and Italy, and discuss his continuing interest in the visual arts once he returned to America. In contrast to those who maintain that Hawthorne had little feeling for and appreciation of the arts, the authors argue that Hawthorne repeatedly tried to acquire a taste for the arts and used them frequently in his letters, tales and romances. The study is illuminated by photographs of the many of the works of art that Hawthorne saw and wrote about. Accompanying the biographical exploration of Hawthorne's quest to learn more about the visual arts is a study of how techniques adopted from the visual arts inform the texture and content of Hawthorne's works. The authors examine each relevant tale and romance, paying particular attention to "The Marble Faun", the work which, they assert, most fully exemplifies Hawthorne's knowledge and uses of the visual arts. A special section includes Hawthorne's responses to selected art works as reflected in his fiction and notebooks together with photographs of the works themselves. The volume concludes with a select bibliography and an index that proviedes ready access to specific areas of the text. Students of the American novel as well as specialists in American studies should find this a useful study of the ways in which the visual arts affect literary craftsmanship.

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  • The American experience
  • the European experience
  • afterwork
  • Hawthorne's comments on art - a sampling.

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書名 Prophetic pictures : Nathaniel Hawthorne's knowledge and uses of the visual arts
著作者等 Eisiminger, Sterling K.
Gollin, Rita K.
Idol, John L.
Idol John L. (Professor of English Clemson University USA)
Gollin Rita
シリーズ名 Contributions in American studies
出版元 Greenwood Press
刊行年月 1991
ページ数 x, 223 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0313275734
NCID BA13550926
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国