Dr. Eric Heyne has taught Northern literature, American literature, and critical theory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1986. His recent publications are in the theory of the fiction/nonfiction distinction and Alaskan and northern literature.

Debilitating Strength: The Paranoid Arc in American Literature

Let me begin with a passage from Herman Melville’s 1850 essay on his new friend Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book, Mosses from an Old Manse:

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