Edith Wharton's the House of Mirth: A Casebook

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Edith Wharton is recognized as one of the twentieth century's most important American writers. The House of Mirth not only initiated three decades of Wharton's popular and critical acclaim, it helped move women's literature into a new place of achievement and prominence. The House of Mirth is perhaps Wharton's best-known and most frequently read novel, and scholars and teachers consider it an essential introduction to Wharton and her work. This casebook collects critical essays addressing a broad spectrum of ...
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Overview


Edith Wharton is recognized as one of the twentieth century's most important American writers. The House of Mirth not only initiated three decades of Wharton's popular and critical acclaim, it helped move women's literature into a new place of achievement and prominence. The House of Mirth is perhaps Wharton's best-known and most frequently read novel, and scholars and teachers consider it an essential introduction to Wharton and her work. This casebook collects critical essays addressing a broad spectrum of topics and utilizing a range of critical and theoretical approaches. It also includes Wharton's introduction to the 1936 edition of the novel and her discussion of the composition of the novel from her autobiography.

Also available: A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton, edited by Carol J. Singley, ISBN 0-19-513591-1.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195156027
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Casebooks in Criticism Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol J. Singley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden. She is a past president of the Edith Wharton Society and editor of A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
A Backward Glance 27
Introduction to the 1936 Edition of The House of Mirth 31
The Death of the Lady (Novelist): Wharton's House of Mirth 39
Debasing Exchange: Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth 63
Crowded Spaces in The House of Mirth 85
The House of Mirth: A Novel of Admonition 107
"The Word Which Made All Clear": The Silent Close of The House of Mirth 131
The "Perfect Jew" and The House of Mirth: A Study in Point of View 163
Another Sleeping Beauty: Narcissism in The House of Mirth 181
Lily Bart and the Drama of Femininity 209
Engendering Naturalism: Narrative Form and Commodity Spectacle in U.S. Naturalist Fiction 229
The Crumbling Structure of "Appearances": Representation and Authenticity in The House of Mirth and The Custom of the Country 271
Extinction, Taxidermy, Tableaux Vivants: Staging Race and Class in The House of Mirth 299
Selected Bibliography 331
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