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Ethan Frome: The ‘Americanized’ Narrative of the Invasion Theory

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2018, 52(), pp.313-339
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2018.52..313
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : August 10, 2018
  • Accepted : September 3, 2018
  • Published : September 30, 2018

Meeyeon Kim 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to explore the manner in which Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome conveys contemporary, (culturally) imperialistic ideology. Especially by focusing on the difference between the European germ (or invasion) theory and the ‘Americanized’ invasion theory, this paper elucidates how the American 20th century fiction represents contemporary ‘fear’ of the immigration of non-whites, that generated anti-immigration public sentiment in early 20th century America. Also, this study investigates how racial or gendered biases contribute to attributing all (societal or individual) evils or illnesses to minorities such as (non-Nordic or non-white) immigrants, including women. Wharton’s Ethan Frome isn’t short of reflecting cultural imperialism.

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