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Edith Wharton and the Modern Privileges of Age

Melanie V. Dawson


This project explores age-based obsessions of the modern era, situating the charting and interrogation of age among modernity’s central preoccupations, with particular attention to the gendering of old age and the creation of intergenerational conflicts. While chronological considerations privileged the young and tended to exclude those past adulthood, much of modern literature interrogated the age-based forms of standardization rooted in the era’s understanding of personal development. By focusing on the ways that age was constructed so as to uphold the ideal of a coherent, stable self, this ... More

Keywords: development, privilege, youth, adulthood, modern, age thresholds, progress, standardization, intergenerational

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813066301
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melanie V. Dawson, author
College of William & Mary