Wharton, Edith - Research Article from Feminism in Literature

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Edith Wharton: Title Commentary

Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome

Mary V. Marchand (Essay Date 2001)

I. the Politics and Aesthetics of Women's Culture

The nature of Wharton's feminism clearly depends on the historical character of the arguments available to her. Restoring some of the complexity to these arguments entails distinguishing between the more conservative rhetoric of so-called social feminists4 and the radicalism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Harriot Stanton Blatch, and others. The various positions activists maintained frequently turned on the controversial question of the role of women's culture in furthering one or another of "woman's causes." Largely acquiescing in the premise of essential sex differences and sexually determined roles, social feminists sought to enlarge these roles by appealing to the potentially superior contributions of women's culture to the public sphere. We see this gender consciousness reflected in Rheta Childe Dorr's assertion in What Eight Million Women...

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