Presentation Title

Four Student Perspectives On Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House Of The Seven Gables

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Dave Johnson

Project Type

Student Scholarship

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery

Presentation Type

Round Table/Panel

Abstract

In The House of the Seven Gables (1851), Hawthorne merges elements of gothic literature with contemporary realism to create one of his most successful and enduring Romances (a genre that Hawthorne saw as distinct from the novel). The book tells the tale of the Pyncheon family, who have lived in the House of the Seven Gables for several generations, oppressed by not only the home’s heavy atmosphere but also a dark family history. Students and critics alike have discussed and analyzed the novel’s mystery, Hawthorne’s narrative technique, and the story’s strong female characters.

This panel will include the works and perspectives of four different students who were students in LIT 400 The Novel in the fall of 2019. Each has written a literary research paper focusing on the novel in part or in whole. The students’ approaches to the novel vary. However, by placing them together on this panel, we hope to achieve two goals. First, we want to highlight for the broader university community the excellent work our students do. Second, we seek to create a conversation about the novel among the student presenters and the audience while demonstrating a variety of ways young scholars can interpret and discuss literary texts.

Student Presenters

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Four Student Perspectives On Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House Of The Seven Gables

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In The House of the Seven Gables (1851), Hawthorne merges elements of gothic literature with contemporary realism to create one of his most successful and enduring Romances (a genre that Hawthorne saw as distinct from the novel). The book tells the tale of the Pyncheon family, who have lived in the House of the Seven Gables for several generations, oppressed by not only the home’s heavy atmosphere but also a dark family history. Students and critics alike have discussed and analyzed the novel’s mystery, Hawthorne’s narrative technique, and the story’s strong female characters.

This panel will include the works and perspectives of four different students who were students in LIT 400 The Novel in the fall of 2019. Each has written a literary research paper focusing on the novel in part or in whole. The students’ approaches to the novel vary. However, by placing them together on this panel, we hope to achieve two goals. First, we want to highlight for the broader university community the excellent work our students do. Second, we seek to create a conversation about the novel among the student presenters and the audience while demonstrating a variety of ways young scholars can interpret and discuss literary texts.

Student Presenters