ENL 121: Introduction to Literature 
(Dr. Vavra)
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Assignments for 
Nathaniel Hawthorne's
The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings

Assignments are to the Norton Critical Edition, ed. Leland S. Person, 2005.

Note that the Monday assignments are about twice those for Wednesdays.

Assignment One: (Monday which is Final Due Date for MP2)
    Read pages 7 - 35 ("The Custom-House")

Assignment Two: (Wednesday)
    Read pages 36-68 (Chapters I - VI.) Bring a question about them to class.

Assignment Three: (Monday)
    Read pages 68- 132 (Chapters VII - XVIII.) Bring a question about them to class.

Assignment Four: (Wednesday)
    Read pages 132- 166 (Chapters XIX - XXIV.) Bring a question about them to class.

Assignment Five:  (Monday)
Read the essay(s) assigned to you (below), and in 250 (typed) words or less, write a report in which you:

1. State the author and title of the essay(s).
2. Explain the approach (social, formal, psychological, etc.) or approaches that the author takes (and explain what makes you say so).
3. Explain what you think the author's purpose was in writing the essay.
4. State the primary idea (thesis) of the essay (and what supports it)
5. Many of these articles have interesting comments that are not directly related to their thesis. If you find some, include them in your report.
6. Make sure that your report reflects that you read the essay(s).

     Your assignment is to tell the class what you got out of the assigned reading. Do not waste our time by telling us that the reading was difficult or that you did not understand it.
     Bring two printed copies to class. One will be collected at the beginning of class. You will read the other copy to the class.  
     In class, you should take notes on these reports. You can use the information in your in-class essays (Assignment 6).

[Jane Swisshelm] "From the Saturday Visiter" (271)  [3]

Robert S. Levine. "Antebellum Feminists on Hawthorne: Reconsidering the Reception of The Scarlet Letter" (274)  [17] = 20


Baltzley, Dominique

Charles Ryskamp. "The New England Sources of The Scarlet Letter" (291)  [13]

Frederick Newberry, "A Red-Hot A and a Lusting Divine: Sources for The Scarlet Letter" (331)  [7] = 20


Moreno, Mario

Michael J. Colacurcio. "Footsteps of Ann Hutchinson: The Context of The Scarlet Letter" (304)  [27]

Thomas, Paul

Kristin Boudreau, "Hawthorne's Model of Christian Charity" (338)  [30]
Dressler, Bradley
Sulouff, Joseph
Ellen Weinauer, "Considering Possession in The Scarlet Letter" (368)  [19]
Bergenstock, Cory
Flor, Carla
Orestes Brownson. "From Brownson's Quarterly" (250)  [4]

John Franzosa, "'The Custom-House,' The Scarlet Letter, and Hawthorne's Separation from Salem" (387)  [17] = 21

Bowersox, Thad
Dupert, Samantha
Douglas Anderson, "Jefferson, Hawthorne, and 'The Custom-House'" (404)  14]

Michael Winship, "Hawthorne and the 'Scribbling Women': Publishing The Scarlet Letter in the Nineteenth-Century United States" (418)  [8] = 22

Snook, Dustin
Vonada, Samantha
Laura Hanft Korobkin, "The Scarlet Letter of the Law: Hawthorne and Criminal Justice" (426)  [25]
Gandy, Allison
Nerantzoulis, Antoni
[Edwin Percy Whipple] "From Graham's Magazine" (239) [3]

David Leverenz, "Mrs. Hawthorne's Headache: Reading
The Scarlet Letter" (463)  [21]

Andrews, Rachel
Welker, David
Stephen Railton, "The Address of The Scarlet Letter" (481)  [19]
Aikey, Casey
Umberger, Craig
Louise DeSalvo, "Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Feminists: The Scarlet Letter" (500)  [12]

Robert K. Martin. "Hester Prynne, C'est Moi: Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Anxieties of Gender" (512)  [10] = 22

Cafarchio, Nicholas
Ellis, Brittny
T. Walter Herbert, Jr. "Nathaniel Hawthorne, Una Hawthorne, and The Scarlet Letter: Interactive Selfhoods and the Cultural Construction of Gender" (522)  [19]
Hatch, Lee
Brooks, Loren
Amory Dwight Mayo "From Universalist Quarterly" (263)  [8]

Nina Baym "Revisiting Hawthorne's Feminism" (541)  [17] = 25

Plymette, Kevin
Early, Clifford
Evert A. Duyckinck, "From Literary World" (237) [3]

Bethany Reid, "Narrative of the Captivity and Redemption of Roger Prynne: Rereading The Scarlet Letter" (558)   [18]

Laielli, Cody
Card, Brandon
Sacvan Bercovitch, "The A-Politics of Ambiguity in The Scarlet Letter" (576)  [21]
Robinson, Nicole
Perry, Isaac
[Anne W. Abbott] "From North American Review" (241)  [9]

Michael T. Gilmore, "Hawthorne and the Making of the Middle Class" (597)  [17] = 26

Schlener, Brian
Daniels, James
Larry J. Reynolds, "The Scarlet Letter and Revolutions Abroad" (614)  [18]
Confer, Erica
Linn, Amanda
Jean Fagan Yellin, "The Scarlet Letter and the Antislavery Feminists"(632)  [24]
Haines, Ashby
Grogaard, Courtney
[Arthur Cleveland Coxe] "From Church Review" (254)  [9]

Leland S. Person, "The Dark Labyrinth of Mind: Hawthorne, Hester, and the Ironies of Racial Mothering" (656)  [14] = 23

Eckert, Stacy
Ferraiolo, Michael

Amy Schrager Lang, "Anne Hutchinson" (670)  [10]

John Nickel, "Hawthorne's Demystification of History in 'Endicott and the Red Cross'" (680)  [13] = 23

You do not need to have read "Endicott and the Red Cross" in order to report on what this essay has to say about what history is, what Nickel suggests about Hawthorne's "demystification," and what this essay suggests about who we are and how we should read histories.
Seibert, Cody
Ault, Laura

Assignment Six: In-class Essay  (Wednesday)