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.