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

http://www.upne.com/1611684223.html

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: http://ow.ly/xFa5A ) Please spread the word to other bibliophiles.

Best regards,
Camille Davies-Mandel
camille@litcrawl.org
www.litcrawl.org/nyc

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HVD7FVD

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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:

http://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/queries/edith-wharton-in-the-news/

It contains links to the current Edith Wharton in the News feature at  http://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/queries/edith-wharton-in-the-news/

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

http://edithwharton.blogspot.com/

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) 

CFP: Edith Wharton Society Session at SAMLA 2014 (Deadline: 6.9.13)

Edith Wharton Society Session at SAMLA 2014 (Atlanta, GA, November 7-9, 2014)

Sustaining Humanity: The Abundance of Edith Wharton

The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that engage with this year’s SAMLA conference theme: “Sustainability and the Humanities.” The concept of sustainability in Edith Wharton’s writings has a multiplicity of meanings.  During this centenary of World War I, one thinks of her efforts to sustain France and its cultural heritages, work recognized by the French Legion of Honor. Or perhaps the imagination might turn to the ways in which her enduring wit uncovered the humorous and disturbing nature of humanity:  “No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity” (The House of Mirth, Chapter 10). More literally, one might consider Wharton’s planning and design of outdoor spaces.  With remarkable talent in landscape architecture, Wharton favored sustainability, as well as aesthetics. A range of creative responses to this topic is welcome, including examinations of her non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. Please send your 300-500 word abstract and a one-page CV as email attachments by June 9, 2014 to Mary Carney, University of North Georgia, mary.carney@ung.edu.

The 2014 SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 7-9, 2014. For more information, visit https://samla.memberclicks.net/conference.