Roberta Weldon's scientific contributions

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In a notebook entry of 1836, Nathaniel Hawthorne imagines death not in the more conventional images of the grim reaper or the devil but as “a great parent” that “comes and sweeps them all through one darksome portal,—all his children” (8: 22–23). What is most fearsome about death is its power to annihilate the self, to sweep those in its wake into...
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The Scarlet Letter’s map of Boston with all locations radiating from the cemetery can be read as an emblem of the tragic implications of the state’s control of answers to death.1 At Blithedale, there is no cemetery, as if to signal that the utopian thinkers of this community have decided to ignore that mortality and the politics of consolation are...