I hope you’re doing well.
I’ve been thinking a lot about our situation and I’ve decided to give everyone an A for this course.
Starting today, I am no longer requiring you to do any assignments. You do not have to take KW2 or take the final exam or write the essay.
If, however, you would like to complete some or all of the remaining work for this course then please email me. I would be delighted to evaluate anything you submit.
Again: no one has to do any more work and everyone gets an A.
Take care of the people around you.
I hope to see you all again in the Fall.
It’s interesting to compare the two marriage-related conversations between Lily Bart and Sim Rosedale. Note that Rosedale is Jewish, which in this period means he’s not really “white.”
(Who IS white? Take the test and find out: https://www.understandingrace.org/WhoisWhite ).
Lily’s distaste for Sim is certainly a product of the generalized anti-Semitism of her circle (and broader society). But there’s more to it than that. Consider the language employed by Wharton to characterize their marriage-related interactions. What metaphors and images does she use? Are there themes in play at these two moments that are reproduced elsewhere– for example when Lily frequents the Gormer circle or in the passages concerning her conflict with Bertha Dorset?
On Wednesday afternoon I’ll give you a prompt to consider relating to this topic.