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Rational Madmen : Monomania in Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” and Stedman’s “How Old Brown Took Harpers Ferry” Public Deposited

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  • In this project, I explore the use of monomania as a literary and rhetorical device that pathologizes deviance from certain norms—in this case, sexual and political norms— and allows for contradiction, dissonance, and reform. Using Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Birthmark” and Edmund Clarence Stedman’s poem “How Old Brown Took Harpers Ferry,” I explore monomania’s role as a literary and rhetorical device and argue that the diagnosis was a way to target aberrant behavior for a “return to the senses”: altering behavior to fit socially acceptable norms.
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