Monthly Archives: September 2015

Edith Wharton Society Panels at the 2016 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-29; Deadline: January 15, 2016

Edith Wharton Society Panels at the 2016 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-29; Deadline: January 15, 2016

Wharton and Religion

We invite papers exploring any aspect of religion, spirituality, and the sacred in Wharton’s writing, including the afterlives of religion in gothic, aestheticism, satire, and scientific discourse. How does religion figure within the Wharton imaginary? How is her fiction shaped by the legacy of Biblical poetics, religious fiction, or other religious genres? How does religion inflect her response to modernism? In addition to the Christianity most familiar to Wharton, we also welcome studies of Wharton in relation to Islam, Judaism, and other religions addressed in her work. Abstract and short bio to Sharon Kim,

Wharton and the Culture of the Monthly Magazine

We seek papers that investigate Wharton’s engagement with the culture of the monthly magazine, including critiques of readers and reading in Wharton’s work as well as contextual studies of publications in periodicals. Papers might also offer new information about Wharton’s relations with individual magazines—she published in more than twenty—and/or consider the history of Wharton’s dealings with editors and publishers in the context of Laura Stevens’s call to attend to “questions of authority, canonicity, the means of textual production, and other questions central to feminist literary scholarship.” Please send proposal (250-500 words) and a short CV to Paul Ohler,



The Editors of The Edith Wharton Review, now published by Penn State University Press, are seeking applications for the position of Book Review Editor. The successful applicant will be responsible for managing the solicitation, acceptance, and review process for books submitted to the journal for review. Among the responsibilities are the following:

  • Identify books that are appropriate for review
  • Sustain a healthy flow of book reviews in consultation with the Editors
  • Obtain review copies from publisher and send them out to reviewers
  • Identify potential reviewers and solicit book review submissions
  • Liaise with the author of the book review
  • Oversee the editing of all book reviews
  • Consult with the Editors regarding the final version of the book review

Please send a letter of application and CV to Editor Meredith Goldsmith ( and to Associate Editors Sharon Kim ( and Paul Ohler (

Edith Wharton Review is a peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed, scholarly journal publishing scholarship on Edith Wharton, Wharton in the context of other authors, and Wharton in relation to other writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its audience is the community of scholars and readers dedicated to the understanding of Edith Wharton’s work and its role in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century culture.

Edith Wharton Review is the official refereed publication of the Edith Wharton Society. The Edith Wharton Society is an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association, founded in 1983. A growing organization of scholars, students, and enthusiasts, the Edith Wharton Society promotes interest in the writing and life of Edith Wharton and her associates.

For more on the journal, see

9/7/15 EJO

Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Essay Prize 2015 now available

The Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Essay Prize for 2015 was awarded to Brittany Barron for her essay “Lily Bart’s ‘Process of Crystallization’: Changing Brier Rose’s Fate in The House of Mirth.”  The essay appears on the EWS site here: Lily Bart’s “Process of Crystallization” Changing Brier Rose’s Fate in The House of Mirth