Sacramental Shopping (Hardback)Sarah Way Sherman (author)
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Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm
"A highlight of this book is Sherman's attention to how Wharton constructs Lily's complex and contradictory self-perceptions, giving us occasional glimpses of an ideal Lily that might have been. Given Wharton's intense interest in the "republic of the spirit," her ghost stories, and her ongoing fictional investigations of the intersections between inner and outer worlds, Sherman's book opens our eyes to the possibilities of taking Wharton criticism in new spiritual and philosophical directions."-- "Edith Wharton Book Review"
"[Sherman] deftly manages a massive amount of Wharton scholarship, providing some smart and stirring readings of crucial moments in The House of Mirth. . . . Recommended."-- "Choice"
"[A] masterful piece of historicized literary criticism. . . . Learned and well researched. . . . Sacramental Shopping . . . is a weighty, unnerving examination of the ways in which modern consumerism is an obstacle and even a lethal threat to identity, [it] also reveals how consumer culture destabilizes the self and undermines identity formation."-- "Legacy 32.2"
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