This book examines six Progressive Age novels of marital discord which specifically focus upon narratives of divorced and divorcing women within the context of their multivalent social and economic value on the "Marriage market."
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Plotting Marriage and Divorce: The Nineteenth-Century Cultural Background; Chapter 2:From Wedlock to Marriage: Revising Contracts and Resisting Divorce in Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady and The Golden Bowl; Chapter 3: New Wives for Old: Divorce and the Leisure Class Marriage Market in Edith Wharton's The Custom of the CenturyChapter 4: (Pre)Occupations Worldly and Domestic: Working Wives and the Specter of Divorce, 1910-1920; Afterword; Bibliography; Index
"...this interesting study will augment both undergraduate and advanced collections supporting women's studies and literature." -- Choice