Trusting America: Undine Spragg's revolutionary break in the custom of the country
oratory, historical continuity, Elmer, Undine, trusts, generational rededication, American progress, Larson
This article claims that Undine Spragg’s ascent in Wharton’s The Custom of the Country represents a victory over the traditional American faith in historical continuity as a model for personal progress. In Undine’s recovered memory, oratory suffers a comic debunking that frees Undine to untie the bonds of generational rededication.
Grant, David. “Trusting America: Undine Spragg’s Revolutionary Break in The Custom of the Country.” Canadian Review of American Studies, vol. 46, no. 1, Apr. 2016, pp. 86–115. ProjectMUSE, doi:10.3138/cras.2014.020.
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