112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Misplaced Sympathies in The House of Mirth: The Dangers of Identifying with a Non-Entity

Gabriela Valenzuela, California State University, Los Angeles

 Emerging at a time when early 20th century middle-class readers codified reading for social mobility, The House of Mirth’s ending upset readers who identified with Lily Bart. However, Edith Wharton arguably deliberately created a sympathetic character to illustrate the dangers of leading a life centered on the pursuit of wealth.

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