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88). Yellin searches for Hawthorne’s ‘recognition’, as well as for some signs that he ‘finally did respond imaginatively’, but the terms ‘recognition’ and ‘response’, no less than the adjective ‘great’, delimit Yellin’s capacity to account for the presence of the black man because these words carry a wide range of commonsensical assumptions about literary agency and an author’s turning inward to compose solely out of the stuff of his own isolated psychology and individual experience. Such terminology, along with the argument that the ‘studied ambiguity’ of these works represents ‘deliberate artistic decisions’ bespeak Yellin’s assumption that in the romances she will find only conscious translations of the ‘essential facts of slavery’, and that the absence of such evidence in The Scarlet Letter marks, then, ‘a strategy of avoidance and denial’ (p.
21 This is, in fact, Arac’s starting place: ‘In arguing for a specific interpretation of The Scarlet Letter that is neither authorial in the “interpretationist” sense nor mystifying, as I find indeterminism, I begin from several concrete problems in our received understanding of Hawthorne’ (p. 250). 22 Raymond Williams, Marxism and Literature (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), p. 41. 23 ‘The many correspondences between the authorial figure of “The Custom-House” and the characters of The Scarlet Letter—for example, the disapproval shown to both Hester and Hawthorne by an imagined crowd of Puritan authorities, the dual status Dimmesdale and Hawthorne share of a passionate inner life wholly at odds with their “official” public position, the work both author and Chillingworth do as analysts of character—allow us to naturalize the presence of “The Custom-House” and justify its excess’ (p.
Bloch, Miscegenation, Melaleukation, and Mr. , 1958); for a history of race and sexuality in the United 28 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 States, see John D’Emilio and Estelle Freedman, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (New York: Harper & Row, 1988), ch. 5. Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave (1845; reprinted New York: Signet, 1968), p. 24; ch. 1. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (New York: Penguin, 1983), p. 93; ch. 3.