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Edith Wharton and the Art and Science of Fiction
ENGL 294
Spring 2024
Section: 01  

Edith Wharton's prolific literary career coincided with two major developments in the history of fiction: the emergence (associated with Flaubert and Henry James) of the novel as a form of high art, and the rise (associated with Zola and Frank Norris) of the "naturalist" novel and its claim to represent a newly scientific depiction of human life. Although these new schools of fiction have often been thought of as antagonists, Wharton participated enthusiastically in both. In this research seminar, we will consider the ways that Wharton responded to both aestheticism and naturalism and the reasons she considered them appropriate to her depiction of contemporary life--especially in relation to the issues crucial to her fiction of gender, marriage, and sexuality.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on APR-16-2024
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