The Parodic Feature of Hawthornian Romance in “
The House of the Seven Gables”
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Keywords: Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables, Romance, Parody, Historiographic Novel
Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the
few writers who openly said that he would create “romance” and be clearly aware
of the differences between history, fiction and legend. The features of
Hawthornian Romance are different with Romance in the middle ages. Based on the
background of history and reality, Hawthorne described the life of ordinary
Americans during the social transformation era in the pattern of Romance, but
without the romanticism of romance, and its legendary and aristocratic
characteristics, which can be see
n as a strong feature of parody.
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