A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton

A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton

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A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton provides scholarly and general readers with historical contexts that illuminate Wharton's life and writing in new, exciting ways. The essays in this volume expand our sense of Wharton as a novelist of manners and reflect the latest developments in new historicism and cultural studies. Like many other literary women, Edith Wharton overcame prejudice to enter the world of letters. Wharton stood at the historical crossroads between the literary models of sentimental lady writer and modern professional author, and her work navigates accordingly between Victorian and modern sensibilities. Writing at a time of great social and economic change, Wharton records the changes brought about by Darwinism, urbanization, capitalism, feminism, world war, and eugenics, converying these cultural transformations with unforgettable detail and realism. This compelling collection of original essays illuminates Edith Wharton's vivid and incisive fiction against the backdrop of old New York, bringing one of our most important American novelists to life within the context of the society she so memorably chronicled and confronted.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 139.2 x 214.4 x 29mm | 494.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195135903
  • 9780195135909

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Expertly assembled and introduced by Carol J. Singley, the Oxford volume amply verifies what one of its contributors calls the 'recuperation of Wharton's reputation' and 'the thriving state of Wharton scholarship today'.... An absorbing and provocative collection of essays. * Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers * Expertly assembled and introduced by Carol J. Singley, the Oxford volume amply verifies what one of its contributors calls the 'recuperation of Wharton's reputation' and 'the thriving state of Wharton scholarship today'.... An absorbing and provocative collection of essays. * Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers *show more

About Carol J. Singley

Carol J. Singley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden. She is a past president of the Edith Wharton Society.show more

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