Spring 2022 Courses / Literature / READING EDITH WHARTON
Coordinators: Patricia Geehr, Arlene Curinga
We will continue our course on Edith Wharton by reading Ethan Frome for the first class and then The Age of Innocence for the balance of the course.
Unlike most of Wharton’s work, which focuses on the lives of the leisure class, the tragic story of Ethan Frome, set in a small isolated town in New England, deals with poverty of resources and opportunity.
The Age of Innocence, for which Wharton was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a portrayal of New York society in the 1870s. It is a gentler satire of the world Wharton grew up in than the House of Mirth, conveying acceptance of both the limitations and virtues of that culture.
A WEEK / TUES / 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Spring 2022 Class Schedule: Reading Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome: Wharton's Different Novel
The Age of Innocence: An historical Novel (Preferred is the Penguin Classic Edition, 2019, with forward by Elif Batuman)
Wharton's Life and Writing Interwoven
Significance of the Settings
Clash of Cultures
Merits of the Conclusion