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Performing Intimacies with Hawthorne, Austen, Wharton, and George Eliot

A Microsocial Approach

  • Focuses on canonical authors including Hawthorne, Austen, Wharton, and Eliot

  • Applies theories of sociology and psychology to literary studies

  • Contributes to understanding of identities as constructed/performed


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Maya Higashi Wakana
    Pages 73-102
  3. Maya Higashi Wakana
    Pages 103-137
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 215-227

About this book


Performing Intimacies with Hawthorne, Austen, Wharton, and George Eliot analyzes literary reproductions of everyday intimacies through a microsociological lens to demonstrate the value of reading microsocially. The text investigates the interplay between author, character, and reader and considers such concepts as face and moments of embarrassment to emphasize how art and life are inseparable. Drawing on narrative theory, the phenomenological approach, and macro approaches, Maya Higashi Wakana examines Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Wharton’s Ethan Frome and The Age of Innocence, and George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss. Through a multidisciplinary approach, this book provides new ways of reading the everyday in literature. 


Jane Austen Edith Wharton George Eliot Nathaniel Hawthorne everyday life literature microsocial narrative theory behavior social psychology sociology communication theory constructed identities performed identities

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Ritsumeikan UniversityKyotoJapan

About the authors

Maya Higashi Wakana is Professor Emeritus of Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, and the author of Performing the Everyday in Henry James’s Late Novels (2009).

Bibliographic information


Performing Intimacies is an engaging analysis of the social life of emotions and of emotions as experienced and performed relationships rather than internal quantities. Its interest in the staged nature of even the most small-scale, ordinary life situations, and in persons' inevitable ‘immersion in scripts’ in the most mundane of settings, will appeal to scholars of narrative and drama alike.” (Rae Greiner, author of Sympathetic Realism in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (2012))