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Wharton Queries: Age of Innocence and Cather’s A Lost Lady

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For my master paper cultural sciences I am studying Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady.

The focus of my study has become the question whether there are apparent new woman aspects in the main characters in these two novels. That means studying and researching literature about these authors but also about the society they lived in and the literature of that time. I have access to the databases of Ghent University and of the Dutch Open University and I read about the recent publications of The Edith Wharton Society but up until now I cannot find a clear statement of Edith Wharton about the new woman phenomena. I wonder whether she made such a statement or published her opinion about it. Could you give me some advice where to find some traces?

I am much obliged for your help.

 

Best regards.

 

Gijs den Dubbelden

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