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September 9, 2008

Citizen Hester

For Thursday (9/11) read Brook Thomas's "Citizen Hester: The Scarlet Letter as Civic Myth." The article can be found in American Literary History, Volume 13, Number 2, Summer 2001 (181-211). You can access this article through Project Muse, available through the library's website.

Reinterpreting The Text

Sacvan Bercovitch's "The Scarlet Letter: A Twice Told Tale" makes use of the differences between the novel and the film version of The Scarlet Letter in order to challenge prevailing interpretations of the novel, particularly with respect to the novel's presentation of the Puritan community.