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January 31, 2008 Henry James Cosmopolitan and philosopher Daisy Miller 1875. Classic cosmopolitanism gone wrong IF he really was a cosmopolitan, he would represent the first strand of appiah’s definition of cosmopolitanism. Father was a transcendentalist. 1830s – 1870 Traveled in Europe while growing up. Daisy Miller o Winterbourne from Geneva. Henry James lived in and went to school in Geneva (for 2 months) o Winterbourne is studying law, and Henry James went to Harvard Law school after the geneva experience. o American Europeans are super rich people. o A lot of ideals of cosmopolitanism were identified with the elite. o Henry James’ grandfather was one of the first American millionaires speculating land. o James’s attitude toward the old rich, based on what we read in the book, that old money is a problem. They are stiff, like winterbourne, and stubborn. o He developed an international theme in Daisy miller. It is a classic study of it. He talks about certain stereotypes of Americans as simple minded. America vs. Europe Innocent vs experience New $ vs Old Money Cosmopolitan vs xenophobia Unconventional vs conventional Protestant vs catholic Democratic vs. aristocratic o Daisy miller was buried in the little protestant cemetery, where John keets was also buried. o This book was written during the gilded age where many Americans prospered and became very rich. They traveled because of business and marriage Spanish American War. Americans drove out the old European power and America asserted its authority in order to say that they were a global power. Bad cosmopolitan – William Randolph hearst o Castle of chillon Lord byron’s prisoner of chillon. About a swiss activist who wanted to be free of aristocratic authority. Byronic = heroic. Byron joined the struggle for greek independence and died on the beach from malaria. February 5, 2008 Daisy Miller What does Daisy represent? o The new American girl (1870s) Coquette, flirty, ambiguous intentions, During the first national women’s convention when women actively pursuing equal rights to education, vote, own property Violates the proprieties Expose the narrow prejudices of the society Raises questions about expatriate American relations to their host country o If you read in a different way, it may present daisy as a feminist. Daisy miller appears to be an extended commentary of winterbournes judgment of himself when he says .
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This note was uploaded on 10/02/2008 for the course ARLT 100 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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