CFP: [American] Hawthorne's Later Writings, Special Journal issue

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Monika Elbert

A special issue on Hawthorne's final period of writing is being planned for
the fall, 2009 issue of _The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review_. In quantitative
terms, the literary writings of this period make up a substantial portion
of Hawthorne's oeuvre, filling more than three volumes of the Centenary
edition. Though once much maligned, these late works have begun to attract
the serious attention from scholars they once seemed destined for. When
_Septimius Felton_ was posthumously published in 1872, many critics were
enthusiastic â€" the reviewer of the _London Times_ declared that "it will be
read for its poetry and fancy by many who care but little for fiction in
general, and on those who really appreciate and admire it we can hardly
doubt it will exercise a strong and growing fascination." While such
responses have been overshadowed by Henry James's more well-known dismissal
of it as an "essentially crude piece of work," they suggest that the
writings of Hawthorne's last phase are well-worthy of revaluation. The
growing interest in "Chiefly About War-Matters," Hawthorne's provocative
comment on the Civil War, confirms as much, as does the sheer stylistic
perfection of the essays collected in _Our Old Home_. Works such as The
American Claimant manuscripts, the Septimius Felton/Norton drafts, and _The
Dolliver Romance_ demand sustained critical attention as well. Readers who
share these convictions, or care to contest them, are invited to submit
proposals for manuscripts ranging between 5000 to 7000 words on any of
Hawthorne's post-_Marble Faun_ writings. Please send them directly to the
issue's guest editors, David Greven ( and Magnus Ullén
( Queries about proposals are welcome. Deadline for
submission of final manuscripts: 31 January 2009.

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