The House of Mirth (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series) / Edition 1

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Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Bedford/St. Martin's innovative Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series has introduced more than a quarter of a million students to literary theory and earned enthusiastic praise nationwide. Along with an authoritative text of a major literary work, each volume presents critical essays, selected or prepared especially for students, that approach the work from several contemporary critical perspectives, such as gender criticism and cultural studies. Each essay is accompanied by an introduction (with bibliography) to the history, principles, and practice of its critical perspective. Every volume also surveys the biographical, historical, and critical contexts of the literary work and concludes with a glossary of critical terms. New editions reprint cultural documents that contextualize the literary works and feature essays that show how critical perspectives can be combined.

A daring novel about the shallow, brutal world of Eastern monied society deals with powerful social and feministic themes.

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Edith Wharton's classic tale of social mores in early-20th-century New York focuses on the travails of Lily Bart, a ravishing young woman who lacks a fortune of her own and needs to find a wealthy husband in order to secure her position. Torn between her desire for freedom and the rigid conventions of upper-class society, Lily tragically misses her chance for real love with the intellectually refined attorney Lawrence Selden, the one man who could make her happy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312062347
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 498
  • Sales rank: 816,183
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.17 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume


Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts

The Complete Text [1905 Scribner's Edition]


A Critical History of The House of Mirth

Cultural Criticism and The House of Mirth
What Is Cultural Criticism?
Cultual Criticism: A Selecterd Bibliography
A Cultural Perspective:
Lillian S. Robinson, The Traffic in Women: A Cultural Critique of The House of Mirth

Marxist Criticism and The House of Mirth
What Is Marxist Criticism?
Marxist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Marxist Perspective:
Wai-Chee Dimock, Debasing Exchange: Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth

Feminist Criticism and The House of Mirth
What Is Feminist Criticism?
Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective:
Frances L. Restuccia, The Name of the Lily: Edith Wharton's Feminism(s)

Deconstruction and The House of Mirth
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
A Deconstructionist Perspective:
Margot Norris, Death by Speculation: Deconstructing The House of Mirth

Psychoanalytic Criticism and The House of Mirth
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
Ellie Ragland Sullivan, The Daughter's Dilemma: Psychoanalytic Interpretation and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth

Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms

About the Contributors

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