Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 3(6), pp. 264 - 270
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030602
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The Experience of the Sublime and the Terrors of Transgression in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Marble Faun


Kamila Vrankova *
English Department, Faculty of Education, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

ABSTRACT

The paper attempts to discuss Nathaniel Hawthorne´s Marble Faun (1860) with respect to the Gothic tradition and its influence. It considers the way how particular Gothic elements (persecution, fear of death and evil forces, a confused identity, the secrets of the past, the setting of the Roman Catholic South) are modified and shaped into new connections and contexts: The specific role of American Puritan experience is discussed together with the Romantic emphasis on the healing power of imagination. The feeling of the sublime is related to the central theme of transgression, which is dealt with against the background of Hawthorne´s mythological tales ("The Paradise of Children") as well as P.B. Shelley´s Gothic tragedy The Cenci (1819).

KEYWORDS
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, The Sublime, The English Gothic Novel, Transgression, Puritan Religion, The Fall, Transformation

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Kamila Vrankova , "The Experience of the Sublime and the Terrors of Transgression in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Marble Faun," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 3, No. 6, pp. 264 - 270, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030602.

(b). APA Format:
Kamila Vrankova (2015). The Experience of the Sublime and the Terrors of Transgression in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Marble Faun. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 3(6), 264 - 270. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030602.