As in: “Instead of closing with the unified identities that give Alcott’s novel its happy ending, Wharton’s darker, more ironic vision gives us a young woman riven by the competing discourses she has acquired in modernity’s ideological marketplace.”
Sherman, S. W. (2013). Sacramental shopping: Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, and the spirit of modern consumerism. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Press. p.10.
For a definition of riven, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.
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