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

Date

Topic

Feb 01

Ethan Frome: Wharton's Different Novel

Feb 15

The Age of Innocence: An historical Novel (Preferred is  the Penguin Classic Edition, 2019, with forward by Elif Batuman)

Mar 01

Wharton's Life and Writing Interwoven

Mar 15

Significance of the Settings

Mar 29

Clash of Cultures

Apr 12

Charactier Development

May 03

Merits of the Conclusion


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