Special Issue of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, Hawthorne and Religion
The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review invites submissions for a special issue on Hawthorne and Religion, with guest editor Jonathan A. Cook. Over the course of his career, Hawthorne earned a reputation as the nation’s leading imaginative interpreter of New England Puritanism and its nineteenth-century cultural legacy, but the exact nature of his religious predilections remains open to debate. Was he a bona fide Christian? If he was, why didn’t he go to church? What credence did Hawthorne give to his ancestral Calvinism? What impact did his wife’s Unitarianism have on him? Did Hawthorne have a well-kept “secret” that influenced his depiction of repressed guilt? What did Hawthorne think of contemporary evangelical Protestantism, and of the nation’s increasingly varied religious denominations? What does Hawthorne’s fiction say about his attitude to Unitarianism, Congregationalism, Catholicism, Quakers, and Shakers? How do Hawthorne’s journals, sketches, stories, and novels chronicle the religious currents of his era? Other general areas of exploration include Hawthorne and the Bible, Hawthorne and Milton, Hawthorne and the demonic, Hawthorne and the history and doctrines of New England Puritanism, Hawthorne’s religious psychology, and Hawthorne and Christian myth (notably Creation, Fall, and Apocalypse). Subject matter and critical approaches are open. Those interested should send a 250-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2021.