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

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Marking a new direction in Edith Wharton studies, this collection of provocative essays considers her as a cross-cultural wrier. 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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Landscapes of Desire: Edith Wharton and Europe 19
Edith Wharton's Inner Circle 43
Edith Wharton in France 61
Can France Survive This Defender? Contemporary American Reaction to Wharton's Expatriation 77
The Salons of Wharton's Fiction: Wharton and Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Stein 97
Edith Wharton's Discriminations: Eurotrash and European Treasures 111
Making It Her Own: Edith Wharton's Europe 129
Edith Wharton and the Dog-Eared Travel Book 147
Pathways to a Personal Aesthetic: Edith Wharton's Travels in Italy and France 165
Aesthetics and Ideology in Italian Backgrounds 181
Mapping the Contours of a Forgotten Land: Edith Wharton and Spain 201
Wharton Mobilizes Artists to Aid the War Homeless 219
"Behind the Lines" in Edith Wharton's A Son at the Front: Re-Writing a Masculinist Tradition 241
Lily Bart and Masquerade Inscribed in the Female Mode 259
Wharton through a Kristevan Lens: The Maternality of The Gods Arrive 295
Edith Wharton's Case of Roman Fever 313
"Fleeing the Sewer": Edith Wharton, George Sand, and Literary Innovation 335
Edith Wharton - She Thought in French and Wrote in English 355
Edith Wharton's Reading in European Languages and Its Influence on Her Work 365
Bibliography 389
Contributors 405
Index 409
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