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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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PART ONE: THE HOUSE OF MIRTH: THE COMPLETE TEXT
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text [1905 Scribner's Edition]
PART TWO: THE HOUSE OF MIRTH: A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM
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