Drizou, Myrto. “Citizenship in ‘The Land of Letters’: Edith Wharton’s Literary Home in Exile.” Critical Insights: American Writers in Exile. Ed. Jeff Birkenstein and Robert C. Hauhart. Ipswich: Salem Press, 2015. 73-87. Print.
Wharton’s 1917 novel, Summer, is now available as an Oxford World Classics from Oxford University Press, edited and with an extensive introduction by Laura Rattray (University of Glasgow). The only edition to reprint Wharton’s preferred text, the first UK edition, it also features an extensive chronology, up-to-date bibliography and notes informed by the latest scholarship.
“The ending is harsh, indeed shocking on account of a theme of incest which haunts the narrative, yet the psychology of the novel is far ahead of its time, beautifully expressed, and still instructive as to the fate of women in societies where they have no agency or power. Wharton fans will not be disappointed.” – Oxford Today, Richard Lofthouse “So, there’s lots here to ponder, and lots to enjoy. This edition has an excellent and informative introduction by Laura Rattray, plus all the textual and explanatory notes, chronologies, and bibliographies any curious person could possibly want.” – Harriet Devine, Shiny New Books
Further details available here: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198709985.do
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers is happy to announce the publication of issue 31.2, now available in print and on Project Muse. This issue features Melanie Dawson’s article “The Limits of the Cosmopolitan Experience in Wharton’s The Buccaneers.”
Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies
University of New Hampshire Press
Illuminates modern consumer culture and its challenges to American identity and values in two classic novels
Written a generation apart and rarely treated together by scholars, Little Women (1868) and The House of Mirth (1905) share a deep concern with materialism, moral development, and self-construction. The heroines in both grapple with conspicuous consumption, an aspect of modernity that challenges older beliefs about ethical behavior and core identity.
Placing both novels at the historical intersection of modern consumer culture and older religious discourse on materialism and identity, Sarah Way Sherman analyzes how Alcott and Wharton rework traditional Protestant discourse to interpret their heroines’ struggle with modern consumerism. Her conclusion reveals how Little Women’s optimism, still buoyed by otherworldly justice, providential interventions, and the…
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