A Tale of Two Cities: Woman and City in “The Age of Innocence” and “The Song of Everlasting Sorrow”
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- The Age of Innocence, The Song of Everlasting Sorrow, comparative study, feminism, city
Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and Wang Anyi’s The Song of Everlasting Sorrow are regarded as masterpieces in their respective countries and arouse many critics’ interest. This essay explores how the two heroines, Wang Qiyao and Ellen, are closely connected with the cities they live in. Although the two novels both touch upon the issue of woman and city, the heroines illustrate different ways of cultivating inner strength to survive in a chaotic era. Ellen’s way of finding security within herself is by keeping order and solidarity in Old New York while Wang Qiyao uses material wisdom and skill to build a shelter.
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TY - CONF AU - Shiyu Zhou PY - 2018/09 DA - 2018/09 TI - A Tale of Two Cities: Woman and City in “The Age of Innocence” and “The Song of Everlasting Sorrow” BT - Proceedings of the 2018 4th International Conference on Social Science and Higher Education (ICSSHE 2018) PB - Atlantis Press SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/icsshe-18.2018.174 DO - 10.2991/icsshe-18.2018.174 ID - Zhou2018/09 ER -