Serial Reading Guides

The Age of Innocence Serial Reading Guide

This guide will help you read Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence in three sessions. The parts of the guide should not be read all at once, but read in conjunction with the relevant “installment” of the novel. Begin by reading through part 1 (there will be no spoilers). Then read the corresponding portion of […]

Courses Newberry Library Seminar

Edith Wharton: Two Novels

This Newberry Seminar is now concluded. It was held in the spring of 2017. This seminar explores two of Edith Wharton’s most important novels—The House of Mirth (1905) and her Pulitzer-Prize winning The Age of Innocence (1920). We will spend several sessions on each novel, allowing for an in-depth and appreciative look into Wharton’s literary […]

Literary Theory


“You after all then now don’t?” Henry James (The Sacred Fount). Henry James (1843-1916) is notorious for writing things like “What could he have done, after all, in her lifetime, without giving them both, as it were, away?” which comes from his short story, “The Beast in the Jungle.”Reading James can be extremely frustrating at […]

Film Theory Literary Theory

Showing and Telling

You can hold a mimetic theory of the novel if you believe the narrational methods of fiction to resemble those of drama, and you can hold a diegetic theory of painting if you posit visual spectacle to be analogous to linguistic transmission. Bordwell. This remark, from David Bordwell’s Narration in the Fiction Film (Routledge 1986, […]