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Edith Wharton and the Politics of Race : Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture - Jennie A. Kassanoff

Edith Wharton and the Politics of Race

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

Hardcover Published: 11th October 2004
ISBN: 9780521830898
Number Of Pages: 226

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Edith Wharton feared that the 'ill-bred', foreign and poor would overwhelm what was known as the American native elite. Drawing on a range of turn-of-the-century social documents, unpublished archival material and Wharton's major novels, Jennie Kassanoff argues that a fuller appreciation of American culture and democracy becomes available through a sustained engagement with these controversial views. She pursues her theme through Wharton's spirited participation in a variety of turn-of-the-century discourses - from euthanasia and tourism to pragmatism and Native Americans - to produce a truly interdisciplinary study of this major American writer. Kassanoff locates Wharton squarely in the middle of the debates on race, class and democratic pluralism at the turn of the twentieth century. Drawing on diverse cultural materials, she offers close interdisciplinary readings that will be of interest to scholars of American literature and culture.

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Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Invaders and Aborigines: playing Indian in the Land of Lettersp. 8
"The real Lily Bart": staging race in The House of Mirthp. 37
"A close corporation": the body and the machine in The Fruit of the Treep. 59
The Age of Experience: pragmatism, the Titanic and The Reefp. 83
Charity begins at home: Summer and the erotic touristp. 112
Coda: The Age of Innocence and the Cesnola controversyp. 153
Notesp. 166
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 214
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ISBN: 9780521830898
ISBN-10: 0521830893
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 11th October 2004
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.9  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.49

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