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Wharton and Whitman – musings

Summer is depressing. Sure it’s the story of a young woman’s sexual awakening, but her awakening seems largely futile as she does not end up truly awakened – truly independent. The final decision she makes (to keep her baby and marry Royall) seems only to imprison her. Yet, Dr. Singley brought to light the idea […] […]

Whitman & Wharton

It isn’t particularly difficult to find parallels in subject matter and approach between Walt Whitman and Edith Wharton.  While we’ve only had a chance to discuss a few of these overlaps so far in class, one that stood out to me while reviewing Summer was Wharton’s portrayal of bustling city scenes.  While preparing my bibliographic […] […]