THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Edith Wharton Literary Criticism

The Age of Innocence

A chapter from Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction by Marilyn R. Chandler which discusses the relationship between Wharton's scathing depictions of class structures and rituals, and overelaborated late-Victorian architecture.

The House of Mirth

A paper by Dr. Ali H. Abureesh of Umm Al-Qura University which applies a Jungian analysis to study the causes and effects of the heroine's psychological disintegration.
An essay by Lahoucine Ouzgane of the University of Alberta examining Wharton's novel through René Girard's theory of 'mimetic desire' and literary scholar and philosopher Eric Gans's writings on Generative Anthropology.

The Reef

An academic article by Pat Menon, arguing that in this novel Wharton was able to harmonize two contrasting approaches to life: the 'pragmatic' and the 'idealist'.