Trusting America: Undine Spragg's revolutionary break in the custom of the country

Author
Grant, David
Faculty Advisor
Date
2016
Keywords
oratory , historical continuity , Elmer , Undine , trusts , generational rededication , American progress , Larson
Abstract (summary)
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.
Publication Information
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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Item Type
Article
Language
English
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