Edith Wharton and the Politics of Race by Jennie A. KassanoffEdith Wharton and the Politics of Race by Jennie A. Kassanoff

Edith Wharton and the Politics of Race

byJennie A. Kassanoff

Paperback | February 1, 2008

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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 Drawing on a range of turn-of-the-century social documents, unpublished archival material and all of Wharton's novels, Jennie A. Kassanoff argues that a more accurate picture of her appreciation of American culture and democracy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.
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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Title:Edith Wharton and the Politics of RaceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:February 1, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521051037

ISBN - 13:9780521051033

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Invaders and Aborigines: playing Indian in the Land of Letters; 2. 'The real Lily Bart': staging race in The House of Mirth; 3. 'A close corporation': the body and the machine in The Fruit of the Tree; 4. The Age of Experience: pragmatism, the Titanic and The Reef; 5. Charity begins at home: Summer and the erotic tourist; 6. Coda: The Age of Innocence and the Cesnola controversy; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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