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The Camb Companion to Edith Wharton (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Camb Companion to Edith Wharton (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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Cambridge University Press, 1/12/2008
EAN 9780521485135, ISBN10: 0521485134

Paperback, 232 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

The Cambridge Companion to Edith Wharton offers a series of fresh examinations of Edith Wharton's fiction written both to meet the interest of the student or general reader who encounters this major American writer for the first time and to be valuable to advanced scholars looking for new insights into her creative achievement. The essays cover Wharton's most important novels as well as some of her shorter fiction, and utilise both traditional and innovative critical techniques, applying the perspectives of literary history, feminist theory, psychology or biography, sociology or anthropology, or social history. The Introduction supplies a valuable review of the history of Wharton criticism which shows how her writing has provoked varying responses from its first publication, and how current interests have emerged from earlier ones. A detailed chronology of Wharton's life and publications and a useful bibliography are also provided.

Chronology of Wharton's life
Introduction
a critical history Millicent Bell
1. The social subject in The Age of Innocence Pamela Knights
2. Edith Wharton and the science of manners Nancy Bentley
3. Edith Wharton and race Elizabeth Ammons
4. The Custom of the Country
Spragg and the art of the deal Elaine Showalter
5. The female conscience in Wharton's shorter fiction Gloria C. Erlich
6. Law language and ritual in Summer Rhonda Skillern
7. The House of Mirth
the bachelor and the baby Maureen Howard
8. The Fruit of the Tree
Justine and the perils of abstract idealism James W. Tuttleton
9. The Valley of Decision
Edith Wharton's Italian mask William L. Vance
10. Edith Wharton's Valley of Decision
a rediscovered contemporary critique Vernon Lee
Bibliography
Index.