Written a generation apart and rarely treated together by scholars,
Little Women (1868) and The House of Mirth (1905) share a deep
concern with materialism, moral development, and self-construction.
The heroines in both grapple with conspicuous consumption, an
aspect of modernity that challenges older beliefs about ethical
behavior and core identity.
Placing both novels at the historical intersection of modern
consumer culture and older religious discourse on materialism and
identity, Sarah Way Sherman analyzes how Alcott and Wharton rework
traditional Protestant discourse to interpret their heroines'
struggle with modern consumerism. Her conclusion reveals how Little
Women's optimism, still buoyed by otherworldly justice,
providential interventions, and the notion of essential identity,
ultimately gives way to the much darker vision of modern
materialistic culture in The House of Mirth.
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