The Quietude of Conscience and the magnetism of sound: listening to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables

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Bechtold, Rebeccah B.
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2017-03
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Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION , Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Literature , Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864
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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.

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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
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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
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MIT Press
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0028-4866
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