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Frontiers in Art Research, 2023, 5(4); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2023.050415.

The Artistic Characteristics of Feminism in Edith Wharton's Novels


Jie Chen

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Jie Chen

College of Foreign Languages, Bohai University, Jinzhou, China


Edith Wharton, as one of the representative writers in the American realistic literature school at the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century, described the life of aristocratic women with delicate psychological descriptions and precise language, and explored the fate and status of upper-class women from a unique perspective. Through the study of the artistic characteristics of feminism in Edith Wharton's novels, it is clear how Wharton reflects real life and expresses ideas by shaping characters, telling stories and describing the environment. Through "The Age of Innocence", the female consciousness is explored from many angles. Through "The Reef", this paper studies the conflict between traditional ideas and personal desires revealed by tragedy. Through "Etan Frome", the strong naturalistic is studied. Through "The Summer", "The Letters" and "The Excuses", this paper studies the narrative method of epiphany.


Edith Wharton; Feminism; Artistic Characteristics; Female Consciousness; Naturalism; Narrative Method

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Jie Chen. The Artistic Characteristics of Feminism in Edith Wharton's Novels. Frontiers in Art Research (2023) Vol. 5, Issue 4: 73-77. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2023.050415.


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