Feminist Readings of Edith Wharton: From Silence to Speech by D. Chambers

Feminist Readings of Edith Wharton: From Silence to Speech

byD. Chambers

Hardcover | December 18, 2009

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In this intriguing new volume, Dianne L. Chambers covers new ground on the life and literary career of Edith Wharton by examining her work against the backdrop of the significant challenges faced by women writers in America at the time. Chambers argues that Wharton’s ultimate success as a critically acclaimed writer offers a powerful, even if radically ironic, response to the repeated stories about the silencing of women found in much of her work. This book offers a close study of Wharton’s major novels written between 1905 and 1922 and illuminates how Wharton’s multi-layered narratives give her a voice and an important place in American literary history.

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Dianne L. Chambers is a Professor of English at Elmhurst College. She has published articles on Edith Wharton and Kay Boyle, second-career teachers, and a bibliography on women’s writing in the United States.
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Title:Feminist Readings of Edith Wharton: From Silence to SpeechFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:December 18, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230617654

ISBN - 13:9780230617650

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Wharton and Feminist Criticism * Wharton, Women, and Authorship at the Turn of the Century * Competing Discourses and the Word in The House of Mirth * The Unraveling of Story in The Reef * Seduction and Language in Summer * Gender and Performance in The Glimpses of the Moon * Conclusion

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“This book views Edith Wharton as a specific woman authoring women’s stories at a specific historical moment. Chambers reminds us why we still need feminism: her examination of four of Wharton’s novels illuminates the pervasive and damaging matrix of storytelling, power, and gender.”—Jennifer Haytock, Associate Professor of English at SUNY College at Brockport and author of Edith Wharton and the Conversations of Literary Modernism “Feminist Readings of Edith Wharton offers a lens through which we can reassess Wharton’s cultural critique, one that helped Wharton and the women authors who followed her gain a fuller, more authoritative participation in literary production.  Through illuminating discussions of four major Wharton texts—The House of Mirth, Summer, The Reef, and The Glimpses of the Moon—Chambers explores the complex and somewhat contradictory relationship between Wharton’s gender training and her evolution as a woman who eventually assumed the prerogatives of authorship…The volume is a valuable addition to our ongoing study of Wharton, narratology, and gender.”—Marilyn Elkins, Professor of English, California State University, Los Angeles