CFP: The Age of Innocence at 100

The Age of Innocence at 100

The Edith Wharton Review invites submissions for a Special Issue celebrating the centenary of The Age of Innocence.

We welcome essays on any aspect of Wharton’s acclaimed novel, from the historical to the queer, from the architectural to the gastronomic. We are especially interested in essays that interpret The Age of Innocence in relation to our contemporary historical moment from the perspective of current critical theories, new reading practices, political climates, and global contexts. One hundred years since its publication, the novel remains relevant, and we seek comparative and cross-disciplinary efforts including engagements with age, temporalities, embodiment and dis/ability.

Deadline: August 31, 2020

EWS Archives: New Feature at the Site

There’s a new page at the site dedicated to the history of the Edith Wharton Society:

Carole Shaffer-Koros is the Edith Wharton Society Archivist. Materials such as conference programs, etc., will be added.

This will supplement the basic history of the EWS here:

CFP: Edith Wharton at MLA 2021 (Deadline March 15, 2020)

Edith Wharton Society Call for Papers

Modern Language Association
Toronto, 7–10 January 2021

Edith Wharton’s Masculinities: Beyond the Unsatisfactory Man

In 1991, David Holbrook identified the “unsatisfactory man” in Wharton’s oeuvre. While that assessment remains largely uncontested, the EWS invites presentations on men in Wharton’s work—both fiction and non-fiction—that probes and complicates her treatment of masculinity, including gender normativity and gender fluidity. Any theoretical or contextual approaches welcome.

Please submit titled proposals (approx. 350 words) and a brief CV by March 15, 2020 to Jennifer Haytock at Please include any requests for AV needs in your proposal. Scholars whose proposals are accepted must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society by the time of the conference.


Edith Wharton materials at Princeton digitized

From Mary Chinery via the wharton-l listserv:

Wharton scholars might be interested in newly available digitized archival materials in Princeton University’s Firestone Library. A significant trove of Wharton letters and other manuscripts and business papers have been posted online. Individual pages can be downloaded as .tiffs or the entire file as a .pdf (which requires less computer space). Happy Reading!

Here’s a link to the results from a general search in Finding Aids site for Edith Wharton. Click online materials on the left.

See you in New York!


Mary Chinery, Georgian Court University

In Memoriam: Helen Killoran (1941-2020)

The EWS has received word of the passing of Helen Killoran, a longtime EWS member and associate professor of English at Ohio University-Lancaster. Dr. Killoran was the author of Edith Wharton: Art and Allusion (1996), The Critical Reception of Edith Wharton, and other work.

Obituary for Helen Killoran: Helen_obit[1]

A tribute page is available at the link.!/Obituary