The Quietude of Conscience and the magnetism of sound: listening to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables
Rebeccah Bechtold. 2017. The Quietude of Conscience and the Magnetism of Sound: Listening to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables, New England Quarterly, 90:1, 69-102
In :The House of the Seven Gables" Nathaniel Hawthorne employs a soundscape particularly attuned to the modern dissonances and spiritual soundings of antebellum America. His novel interrogates the impact of these auditory-acoustic structures on constructions of the self, ultimately revealing the politics of audibility emerging in the nineteenth century.
The article will be available in SOAR after six month embargo (October 2017.) Read it at the publisher's website at: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/TNEQ_a_00585