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- DescriptionEdith Wharton feared that the 'ill-bred', foreign and poor would overwhelm what was kwn as the American native elite. Drawing on a range of turn-of-the-century social documents, unpublished archival material and Wharton's major vels, Jennie Kassaff argues that a fuller appreciation of American culture and democracy becomes available through a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. Kassaff 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.
- Author BiographyJennie A. Kassanoff is Assistant Professor of English at Barnard College in New York. Her articles have appeared in Arizona Quarterly and PMLA.
- Author(s)Jennie A. Kassanoff
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication16/09/2004
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo.143
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight520 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine17 mm
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