Scenes are the trees and trees make the forest. Iconic scenes deepen and broaden the reader's understanding of our national psychology, our appetite for myth, our ideological bearings. Encompassing contradiction, ambiguity, poetic intensity, and emotional diversity, they stand out like illuminated signs in the under- and overgrowth to guide the reader willing to brave the vast wilderness of American fiction in order to gain insight into American character and culture.
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Hamelman, Steven L., "Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Ten Iconic Scenes in the Wilderness of Classic American Fiction" (2008). HTC Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecture Series. 13.