Beer, Janet

Professor Janet Beer is the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. She took up post in 2007, having previously fulfilled administrative, academic and leadership roles at Warwick, the Inner London Education Authority, Roehampton and Manchester Metropolitan.

Professor Beer has an established record of research in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature and culture, and contemporary Canadian women’s writing. She has published widely in these fields and has recently completed a study of the late writing of Edith Wharton with her co-author, Professor Avril Horner. Professor Beer is the current chair of the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group (HEFCE) and co-chair of the Equality Challenge Unit. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Policy Institute, is a Board member of UUK, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of American Studies and, in August 2009, became the Chair of the University Alliance. In January 2011 she was elected as a visiting fellow to Nuffield College Oxford.

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£ 10.99 each Edith Wharton


Provides an introduction to the whole range of Edith Wharton’s work in fiction and non-fiction as well as providing an overview of scholarship in Wharton studies.

Description: Professor Beer’s study provides an introduction to the whole range of Edith Wharton’s work in the novel, short story, travel writing, criticism and autobiography. The opening chapter provides an overview of recent scholarship in Wharton studies including an appraisal of biographical texts, and subsequent chapters treat recurrent themes and ideas in her fiction and non-fiction, and the American and European context of her work. The major novels, as well as those less well-known, are discussed as are: contemporary reception of her work, American responses to her expatriation, her friendships with the leading artists of the day, and the influence of the First World War on her work.


Author: Beer, Janet



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