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Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism$
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Meredith Goldsmith and Emily J. Orlando

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062815

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062815.001.0001

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Motifs of Anarchism in Edith Wharton’s The Children

Motifs of Anarchism in Edith Wharton’s The Children

(p.38) 2 Motifs of Anarchism in Edith Wharton’s The Children
Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism

Ferdâ Asya

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores Edith Wharton’s enactment of the removal of her childhood repressions in The Children—a novel of expatriate children banding together in anarchist solidarity against their ineffectual parents—by implementing a unique theory of transatlantic anarchism that allows the coexistence of the two irreconcilable veins of anarchism, the collectivist Darwinian-Kropotkinian and the individualist Nietzschean-Stirneresque, and Ernst Bloch’s definition of utopia based on his notion of Not-Yet-Conscious, derived from Sigmund Freud’s theories of the unconscious and dreams.

Keywords:   expatriate, utopia, children, parents, transatlantic anarchism, collectivist anarchism, individualist anarchism, Peter Kropotkin, Max Stirner, Ernst Bloch

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