Edith Wharton Dinner at MLA

Attending the MLA?  Please join us for an Edith Wharton dinner on Friday, January 6. Let’s reconnect, celebrate the new year, and talk about the exciting work being done on Wharton.  Exact time and location (hopefully near the convention hotel) tbd.  Email Carol Singley singley@camden.rutgers.edu if you can make it. Plus 1s are welcome!

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CFP: Deadline for MLA Volume on Wharton Extended to 1/8/18

The deadline to contribute to the survey and send a proposal to a Modern Language Association (MLA) volume, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edith Wharton, is extended to January 8, 2018.

The volume Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edith Wharton, edited by Ferdâ Asya (Professor of English, 111A Bakeless Center for the Humanities, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 400 East Second Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815; fasya@bloomu.edu), is now in development in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature.

You can contribute to the volume by completing a survey about your experiences of teaching Wharton’s works. The names of all contributors to the survey will be mentioned in the published volume.

You also can propose an essay for the volume. If you would like to propose an original essay for the volume, please submit an abstract of approximately 500 words in which you describe your approach or topic and explain its usefulness for both students and instructors. The focus of your essay should be pedagogical and the abstract should be as specific as possible. Proposed essays should not be previously published.

Please also attach a short CV.

Please send your abstract and CV to Ferdâ Asya electronically at fasya@bloomu.edu by January 8, 2018.

You may send any supplemental materials such as course descriptions, course plans, syllabi, assignments, bibliographies, or other relevant documents as separate attachments (.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf) or by surface mail to Ferdâ Asya at Department of English, 111A Bakeless Center for the Humanities, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 400 East Second Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

The information about proposing an essay is available at the end of the survey.

The survey for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edith Wharton is also available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/att-Wharton

For other questions, please contact Ferdâ Asya at fasya@bloomu.edu.

Wharton in the News: Play “Shadow of a Doubt” in Washington, D. C.

This is definitely not Edith Wharton’s only play, but here’s the information for the Shadow of a Doubt staged reading in Washington on November 13.

“The Shadow of a Doubt.” Edith Wharton’s only play gets a free staged reading as part of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Re:Discovery” series. Nov. 13 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. Free. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.

Via https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/dc-theater-friday-from-trump-y-vicuna-to-pajama-game/2017/11/09/4e3f7104-c4c2-11e7-aae0-cb18a8c29c65_story.html?utm_term=.ad98cd999e66

CFP:  The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the Edith Wharton Society at ALA 2018

CFP:  The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the Edith Wharton Society at ALA 2018

AMERICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION
MAY 24-27, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

 The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the Edith Wharton Society

  • Comparative Approaches to Fitzgerald and Wharton

 

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the Edith Wharton Society are collaborating to organize a panel on the two writers at the American Literature Association’s 2018 convention in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018. We are looking for scholars to present work that pursues comparative approaches to these pivotal twentieth-century literary artists.

 

Topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

 

  • positioning the two writers within diverse, competing, or overlapping modernisms (“high,” ethnic, nativist, sentimental, etc.)
  • questions of gender and sexuality, including explorations of masculinity, femininity, and friendship
  • family ecology: representations and/or life experiences of childhood, marriage, parenthood
  • questions of print culture
  • issues of film adaptation
  • issues of critical reception and popular reputation
  • approaches to teaching Fitzgerald and Wharton in the graduate, undergraduate, or secondary school classroom

 

300-500-word proposals for 20-minute papers, along with a brief vita, should be submitted electronically to Maggie Gordon Froehlich, Department of English, Pennsylvania State University, Hazelton (mgf10@psu.edu), by Friday, January 5, 2018. Please indicate any AV equipment needs.

 

  • Scott Fitzgerald (open topic)

 

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society (http://www.fscottfitzgeraldsociety.org/ ) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2018 American Literature Association in San Francisco, CA. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society invites proposals for papers examining any aspect of Fitzgerald’s life and work that provides fresh insights.

 

Send abstract and brief vita to Maggie Gordon Froehlich at mgf10@psu.edu by January 5, 2018.  Please indicate any AV equipment needs.

 

The American Literature Association’s 2th annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on May 24-27, 2018 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2018. For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org or contact the conference director, Professor Leslie Petty, at pettyL@rhodes.edu or the Executive Director of the ALA, Professor Alfred Bendixen of Princeton University, at ab23@princeton.edu  with specific questions.

 

Wanted: Conference Director(s) for Next EWS Conference

Have a vision for our next Wharton conference?  A talent for organizing?  An eye for the future of Wharton studies?  The Edith Wharton Society would love to hear from individuals who are interested in directing our next conference.  At MLA Paul Ohler, Melanie Dawson, and Jennifer Haytock will be available for in-person or Skype conversations about the next society conference, likely in 2020.  All inquiries are welcome.
Conference directors set conference themes, arrange dates, calls for papers, organize space rentals, oversee all legal contracts, liaison with caterers, arrange payments to vendors, organize and coordinate reviews of proposals, and arrange the program.  They also organize social media, select guest speakers, and oversee special events for the conference with the support of the Society President, Vice President, and other Board members. We traditionally have two co-directors who work collaboratively. This is an invaluable service to the Wharton community and a way to learn more about your colleagues in Wharton studies.  Please email Paul Ohler at paul.ohler@kpu.ca in advance of the MLA conference.

Wharton Queries: Rights to House of Mirth (play version)?

‘The House of Mirth’ is one of my favourite films. I will admit to being a big Gillian Anderson fan but I thought the whole cast was fantastic.

I work on projects for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival here in Inverness and I think the story of Lily Bart is still relevant in this day and age.

Therefore I was enquiring if the rights were available to produce a play based on the book and film.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kind Regards

Graeme Watson

ness@hotmail.com

Wharton Queries: Age of Innocence and Cather’s A Lost Lady

For my master paper cultural sciences I am studying Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady.

The focus of my study has become the question whether there are apparent new woman aspects in the main characters in these two novels. That means studying and researching literature about these authors but also about the society they lived in and the literature of that time. I have access to the databases of Ghent University and of the Dutch Open University and I read about the recent publications of The Edith Wharton Society but up until now I cannot find a clear statement of Edith Wharton about the new woman phenomena. I wonder whether she made such a statement or published her opinion about it. Could you give me some advice where to find some traces?

I am much obliged for your help.

 

Best regards.

 

Gijs den Dubbelden