112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Edith Wharton

Session Chair: 
April Anderson, Claremont Graduate University
Session 1: Friday 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 7
Topic Area: 


  1. Jacqueline Johnson, Claremont Graduate University
     In Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (1905), nature is an amusing backdrop for Lily Bart—a distraction from her responsibilities of marriage and survival. Examining how nature functions in this work offers a new way to read those grappling with the confines of society.
  2. Gabriela Valenzuela, California State University, Los Angeles
     Emerging at a time when early 20th century middle-class readers codified reading for social mobility, The House of Mirth’s ending upset readers who identified with Lily Bart. However, Edith Wharton arguably deliberately created a sympathetic character to illustrate the dangers of leading a life centered on the pursuit of wealth.
Session Cancelled: