Edith Wharton’s Response to George Eliot’s Adam Bede: Sympathy and Charity in Summer

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Title
Edith Wharton’s Response to George Eliot’s Adam Bede: Sympathy and Charity in Summer
Author
氏名 Amano Miyuki
ヨミ アマノ ミユキ
別名
Abstract

The present essay first traces how Edith Wharton expressed her evaluation of George Eliot in her letters and essays, and then examines the intertextuality of Eliot’s Adam Bede (1859) and Wharton’s Summer (1917).
Summer is Wharton’s attempt to explore the possibilities of transcending class boundaries and enlarge her horizons. She develops the theme of “the woman who pays” by creating a woman who faces her difficulties in a responsible way, decides how to live, and is resolved to accept the result of her choice. Wharton is more concerned to show the future perspective of a woman than Eliot does. She also presents the more complicated
nature of sympathy and charity than in Adam Bede.

Journal Title
県立広島大学人間文化学部紀要
Volume
16
Spage
21
Epage
31
Published Date
20210301
ISSN
2186-5590
NCID
AA12116573
Language
eng
NIIType
Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version
出版社版
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pu-hiroshima