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Hailed for her remarkable social and psychological insights into the Gilded Age lives of privileged Americans, Edith Wharton, the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, was a transnational author who attempted to understand and appreciate the culture, history, and artifacts of the regions she encountered in her extensive travels abroad. Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism explores the international scope of Wharton's life and writing, focusing on how her work connects with the idea of cosmopolitanism.

This volume illustrates the many ways Wharton engaged with global issues of her time. Contributors examine both her canonical and lesser-known works, including her art historical discoveries, political work, travel writing, World War I texts, and first novel. They consider themes of anarchism, race, imperialism, regionalism, and orientalism; Wharton's treatment of contemporary marriage debates; her indebtedness to her literary predecessors; and her genre experimentation. Together, they demonstrate how Wharton's struggle to balance her powerful local and national identifications with cosmopolitan values, resulted in a diverse, complex, and sometimes problematic relationship to a cosmopolitan vision.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Introduction. Edith Wharton: A Citizen of the World
  2. Meredith L. Goldsmith and Emily J. Orlando
  3. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part 1. Cosmopolitan Ideas and Ideals
  1. 1. The Glimpses of the Moon and the Transatlantic Debate over Marital Reform
  2. Clare Virginia Eby
  3. pp. 19-37
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  1. 2. Motifs of Anarchism in Edith Wharton’s The Children
  2. Ferdâ Asya
  3. pp. 38-61
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  1. 3. “The Very Beginning of Things”: Reading Wharton through Charles Eliot Norton’s Life and Writings on Italy
  2. William Blazek
  3. pp. 62-86
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  1. Part 2. Cosmopolitan Places: From Italy to New York and Back
  1. 4. Wharton’s Italian Women: “My Beloved Romola”
  2. Rita Bode
  3. pp. 89-109
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  1. 5. Possessing Italy: Wharton and American Tourists
  2. Maureen E. Montgomery
  3. pp. 110-131
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  1. 6. Beyond the Guidebook: Edith Wharton’s Rediscovery of San Vivaldo
  2. D. Medina Lasansky
  3. pp. 132-165
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  1. 7. Here/There, Now/Then, Both/And: Regionalism and Cosmopolitanism in Edith Wharton’s Old New York
  2. June Howard
  3. pp. 166-184
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  1. Part 3. Cosmopolitan Aesthetics
  1. 8. The Cosmopolitan at War: Edith Wharton and Transnational Material Culture
  2. Mary Carney
  3. pp. 187-209
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  1. 9. “Eyes Filled with Splendor”: On Italy and the Saturated Gaze in The Custom of the Country
  2. Sharon Kim
  3. pp. 210-225
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  1. 10. Orientalism, Modernism, and Gender in Edith Wharton’s Late Novels
  2. Margaret A. Toth
  3. pp. 226-250
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  1. Afterword: Edith Wharton and the Promise of Cosmopolitanism
  2. Gary Totten
  3. pp. 251-266
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-282
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813055923
Related ISBN
9780813062815
MARC Record
OCLC
959277773
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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