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Sister Carrie

“A Strangely Strong Novel in a Queer Milieu”
Marceau, Photograph proof of Dreiser. New York, 1900
Marceau, Photograph proof of Dreiser. New York, 1900

On exhibit November 15, 2000 - March 15, 2001

Sister Carrie remains vital for many reasons: as an historical marker for the turn away from sentimentality, romance, and moral rectitude in the American novel at the brink of the twentieth century; as a text that influenced—pro and con—succeeding American novelists over the next several decades; and as a conundrum that never ceases to provoke debate for readers both general and professional. While the first half of the twentieth century produced a diverse range of critical opinion on Sister Carrie by reviewers and essayists, the second half has been witness to an abiding argument within academia regarding the quality, value, importance, and interpretation of this signature text.

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Rosenwald Gallery:
The Rosenwald Gallery was located on the 6th floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

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