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The Moral Imagination:
Nathaniel Hawthorne and the American Soul

Dates: June 18 | June 25 | July 2 | July 9
Time: Thu., 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Course Type: Seminar
Cost: $100

The great writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864) held a mirror up to the American soul in his masterful stories and novels. His themes include the human dreams of progress and perfection, the dark side of human nature, the powers of science, and the fear of Heaven. And his moral imagination was deeply shaped by the biblical vision of man and society. In this seminar, we will read some of Hawthorne’s greatest short stories—such as “The Birth-mark,” “The Celestial City,” “The May-Pole of Merry Mount,” and “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” Through these great and provocative tales, we will explore who we are as Americans: always dreaming about a more perfect future, always haunted by our exile from Eden. 

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