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By Alide Cagidemetrio

This paintings explores the connection among historical past and fiction within the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. As Alide Cagidemetrio indicates, either writers have been preoccupied with a prior - a preoccupation whose antecedents may be traced to the novels of Walter Scott. but they departed from confirmed culture in major methods. in contrast to their literary predecessors, who sought ancient authenticity within the illustration of prior occasions, Hawthorne and Melville upheld a brand new notion of historical past, one in response to the relevance of earlier to give, and, through extension, of current to destiny. Cagidemetrio grounds her research within the cultural context during which Hawthorne and Melville wrote, an period of extraordinary switch while symptoms of the earlier have been disappearing at an ever-quickening speed. targeting Hawthorne's "Legends of the Province-House", and his unfinished romances, and on Melville's much-neglected "Israel Potter", she demonstrates how either writers consciously experimented in writing the previous "anew". jointly, their old fictions replicate the increase of a contemporary "historical consciousness", as Henry James calls it, in addition to an attempt to offer shape to the chaotic flux of swap through the years.

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In The Confessions of an Opium Eater (1822), Thomas De Quincey suggests the link between the phantasmagoric visions and social utopias; when assessing the relation between the "phantasmagoria" of dreams and the "dreaming" subject De Quincey extolls the superior dreaming faculty of the philosopher, represented by such contemporary figures as Sam- Page 9 uel Taylor Coleridge and David Ricardo (De Quincey, 1851, 157). The claim to the centrality of the individual, which the Confessions explores by resorting to its experiential limits, is presented as different yet homologous to Ricardo's claim to economic individualism: "It seemed to me that some important truths had escaped even 'the inevitable eye' of Mr.

Page 6 Phantasmagoria, as both Castle and Crary have convincingly argued, is a crossroad term for two modern ways of describing reality, one descended from optics, the other from psychology. Seeing with the eye, and seeing through the eye is after all not only an Emersonian transcendental concept, but also a materialistic, scientific notion. As the work of Henry James shows, the physical eye sees through the eye of psychology. Thus the supernatural becomes a function of a new mimesis, made verisimilar by the shared consumption of notions about reality.

If it be true then, that the pictures of the mind and spectral illusions are equally impressions on the retina, the latter will differ in no respect from the former, but in the degree of vividness by which they are seen (Brewster, 1843, 556). Touching upon the light effects of the glaring sun in bringing about optical illusions, Brewster deals with illusions of colors and quotes a recorded instance of a family of nine people poisoned by black henbane to whom "every object appeared . . as red as scarlet".

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