Hawthorne's "The Haunted Mind," the Psychology of Dreams, Coleridge, and Keats

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

Fall 1979


In "The Haunted Mind" Hawthorne alludes to and, indeed, at points, patterns his sketch after several works by Coleridge and Keats that portray the world of sleep and dreams which is his subject. When Hawthorne portrays the state of consciousness which exists in the neutral zone between sleep and wakefulness, he draws upon a body of eighteenth-century philosophical, aesthetic, and psychological thought with which he was familiar but which has also been largely overlooked as an important factor in his work.