Author Archives: Donna Campbell

About Donna Campbell

Associate Professor of English, Washington State University. Late nineteenth- and early 20th-century Americanist and digital humanities.

CFP: Edith Wharton Review (deadline: on-going)

CFP: Edith Wharton Review (deadline: on-going).

The Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed journal is currently seeking submissions. The journal is committed to rigorous study not only of Edith Wharton, but on Wharton in the context of other authors, and on Wharton in relation to late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century culture more generally. It publishes traditional criticism, pedagogical scholarship, essays on archival materials, review essays, and book reviews. The Review aims to foster emerging scholars and new approaches to Wharton studies as well as established scholarly approaches.

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the journal now boasts a new design and vastly expanded content. Recent special issues include “_The Custom of the Country at 100″ and “Teaching Edith Wharton’s Late Fiction.” Opportunities exist to publish on Wharton’s lesser-known works, as well as her more canonical writings.

If you are interested in submitting, please contact Meredith Goldsmith, Editor ( Submissions should be 20-25 pages, and prepared according to the _MLA Style Manual_.

Enquiries welcome.

EWS Announces Recipients of Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Edith Wharton Society is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Edith Wharton Undergraduate Essay Prize: 

Angela Sammarone
Edith Wharton and Race: Tracing Race throughout The Custom in the Country

Lindsay Wrinn,
The Custom of the Country: Male Hysteria, Virginity Loss, and Patriarchal Upheaval at the Turn of the Century

Their essays are now posted to the site and can be read by clicking on their names.

The Mount’s Gardens Sustain Major Damage from Record-breaking Rainstorm

From Irene Goldman-Price:

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Storm Damage at The Mount


 On Wednesday evening, the Berkshires experienced a torrential storm that dropped over 5 inches in the course of several hours. Unfortunately, The Mount and parts of nearby Lenoxdale received the brunt of the storm. Our entrance drive was badly damaged and some of the garden pathways and the French Flower garden nearly destroyed. We are still assessing the damage and coming up with a plan of action. The press and the community have been very responsive. I am attaching the press release we issued as well as some comparative photos. The repairs, I am afraid, are going to be many thousands of dollars and we will need to mount an emergency campaign as there are not funds in our operating budget to absorb a calamity of this magnitude. I will keep you posted as we know more.  Please share this email with your friends and colleagues to help build our community of support. Continue reading

New Books: Sacramental Shopping: Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism

Originally posted on SSAWW:

sacramentalSacramental Shopping
Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism
Sarah Way Sherman

Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies
University of New Hampshire Press

Illuminates modern consumer culture and its challenges to American identity and values in two classic novels

Written a generation apart and rarely treated together by scholars, Little Women (1868) and The House of Mirth (1905) share a deep concern with materialism, moral development, and self-construction. The heroines in both grapple with conspicuous consumption, an aspect of modernity that challenges older beliefs about ethical behavior and core identity.

Placing both novels at the historical intersection of modern consumer culture and older religious discourse on materialism and identity, Sarah Way Sherman analyzes how Alcott and Wharton rework traditional Protestant discourse to interpret their heroines’ struggle with modern consumerism. Her conclusion reveals how Little Women’s optimism, still buoyed by otherworldly justice, providential interventions, and the…

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Of interest to NYC Edith Wharton Fans: Roadtrip to The Mount

Lit Crawl NYC is hosting a roadtrip from NYC to the Edith Wharton estate in the Berkshires on Sunday, June 22.

We’ve chartered a bus with seats for 50. If members of your organization are interested, we’d love to have you.

Tickets are $45 until 6/11. (Available here: ) Please spread the word to other bibliophiles.

Best regards,
Camille Davies-Mandel

From Meredith Goldsmith: Online Vote on Amendments to the By-Laws

Donna Campbell:

If you haven’t yet voted on these amendments, please click on the link and vote. Thanks.

Originally posted on The Edith Wharton Society:

We request a vote from Society members on two amendments to the by-laws of the EWS,  both discussed at MLA in January. The first involves adding the webmaster to the Exec Board ex-officio; the second modifies the term of the Editor of the _EWR_ from five years to three to five years. For the first, the rationale is to ensure good communication  between the webmaster, the Board, and the Society at large; the second is to allow for more frequent rotation of editors and to increase opportunities for participation in the journal.

In each case, please give a yes or no vote. Voting will close at the ALA in May.

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New page at the site for Edith Wharton in the News

There’s a new page at this site for Edith Wharton in the News, under Queries:

It contains links to the current Edith Wharton in the News feature at

and to the old Edith Wharton in the News Site that contains posts from 2003-2013:

We welcome new information and questions about Edith Wharton. If you have a question  you’d like to have posted  or “Wharton in the News” sighting that you’d like to share, please use the form on the Queries page..

Edith Wharton Society Panels at ALA this week


Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:00 – 1:20 pm 

Session 3-H Wharton and Masculinities (Glacier: 2nd Floor)

Organized by the Edith Wharton Society
Chair: Melanie Dawson, College of William and Mary

1. “’A Ruin of a Man’: Non-Normative Masculinity in Ethan Frome,” Andrea Harris, Mansfield University

2. “How delicious to have a place like this all to one’s self!”: Claiming Masculine Spaces in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth,” Miranda A. Green-Barteet, University of Western Ontario

3. “Constructions of Masculinity and Material Acquisition in The House of Mirth,” Linda Saladin- Adams, Florida State University

4. “Spectral Masculinities in Edith Wharton’s ‘The Eyes’ and ‘Afterward,’” Gina Rossetti, Saint Xavier University


Saturday, May 24, 2014 9:30 – 10:50 am 

Session 16-B Edith Wharton and the Natural World (Bunker Hill: Ballroom Level) Organized by the Edith Wharton Society

Chair: Emily Orlando, Fairfield University

1. “The Natural World and the Built Environment in Wharton’s Travel Writing,” Gary Totten, North Dakota State University

  1. “Edith Wharton in the Wild,” Julie Olin-Ammentorp, Le Moyne College
  2. “‘A heartbeat at my feet’: Edith Wharton, Howard Sturgis, and Canine Comradeship,” Sharon Kehl

Califano, Mount Washington College 


Saturday, May 24, 2014 11:00 am – 12:20 pm 

Session 17-N

Business Meeting: Wharton Society (Grand Canyon: 2nd Floor)