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Edith Wharton and the Politics of Race
     

Edith Wharton and the Politics of Race

by Jennie A. Kassanoff
 

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Edith Wharton feared that the 'ill-bred', foreign and poor would overwhelm a native American elite. Drawing on a range of turn-of-the-century social documents, unpublished archival material and all of Wharton's novels, Jennie A. Kassanoff argues that a more accurate picture of her appreciation of American culture and democracy develops through less engagement with

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Edith Wharton feared that the 'ill-bred', foreign and poor would overwhelm a native American elite. Drawing on a range of turn-of-the-century social documents, unpublished archival material and all of Wharton's novels, Jennie A. Kassanoff argues that a more accurate picture of her appreciation of American culture and democracy develops through less engagement with these controversial views. She pursues her theme by documenting Wharton's spirited participation in turn-of-the-century discourses ranging from euthanasia and tourism to pragmatism and Native Americans.

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"Kassanoff not only offers a penetrating look at cultural influences on Wharton and her novels, but also writes with eloquence and conviction. This relevant and unique book has much to offer. Essential." D.D. Knight, SUNY College at Cortland, CHOICE

"This relevant and unique book has much to offer. Essential." Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521051033
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #143
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Jennie A. Kassanoff is Assistant Professor of English at Barnard College in New York. Her articles have appeared in Arizona Quarterly and PMLA.

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