Wretched Exotic: Essays on Edith Wharton in Europe / Edition 2

Wretched Exotic: Essays on Edith Wharton in Europe / Edition 2

by Katherine Joslin, Alan Price
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820436984

ISBN-13: 9780820436982

Pub. Date: 12/01/1996

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

Marking a new direction in Edith Wharton studies, this collection of provocative essays considers her as a cross-cultural writer. A resident of France for the last thirty years of her life, Wharton described herself as a «wretched exotic,» an American by birth, but a European by inclination and, in fundamental ways, a true citizen of neither. Shari

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Marking a new direction in Edith Wharton studies, this collection of provocative essays considers her as a cross-cultural writer. A resident of France for the last thirty years of her life, Wharton described herself as a «wretched exotic,» an American by birth, but a European by inclination and, in fundamental ways, a true citizen of neither. Shari Benstock, Millicent Bell, and Susan Goodman discuss the ambivalent nature of her long residence in France. Their biographical accounts provide background for essays by Cynthia Griffin Wolff, Linda Wagner-Martin, Judith Sensibar, Roger Asselineau, and other leading scholars who analyze Wharton as an expatriate, a European traveler, a WWI participant, and an international literary figure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820436982
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/1996
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 24: American Literature, #53
Pages:
418

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Landscapes of Desire: Edith Wharton and Europe19
Edith Wharton's Inner Circle43
Edith Wharton in France61
Can France Survive This Defender? Contemporary American Reaction to Wharton's Expatriation77
The Salons of Wharton's Fiction: Wharton and Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Stein97
Edith Wharton's Discriminations: Eurotrash and European Treasures111
Making It Her Own: Edith Wharton's Europe129
Edith Wharton and the Dog-Eared Travel Book147
Pathways to a Personal Aesthetic: Edith Wharton's Travels in Italy and France165
Aesthetics and Ideology in Italian Backgrounds181
Mapping the Contours of a Forgotten Land: Edith Wharton and Spain201
Wharton Mobilizes Artists to Aid the War Homeless219
"Behind the Lines" in Edith Wharton's A Son at the Front: Re-Writing a Masculinist Tradition241
Lily Bart and Masquerade Inscribed in the Female Mode259
Wharton through a Kristevan Lens: The Maternality of The Gods Arrive295
Edith Wharton's Case of Roman Fever313
"Fleeing the Sewer": Edith Wharton, George Sand, and Literary Innovation335
Edith Wharton - She Thought in French and Wrote in English355
Edith Wharton's Reading in European Languages and Its Influence on Her Work365
Bibliography389
Contributors405
Index409

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