Monthly Archives: October 2016

Edith Wharton Review

Dear members of the Edith Wharton Society,

As a benefit of membership, society members receive a print and online subscription to the Edith Wharton Review.  When each issue is published, JSTOR sends an eTOC with information about accessing your electronic subscriptions. Penn State UP is setting this up, using the e-mail addresses of the members (perhaps you have already received an e-mail with your electronic subscription information). If you are not interested in receiving an eTOC, please let me know ( by October 28, 2016. Please know that e-mails will not be used for any marketing or advertising purposes, and if a member decides the eTOC is not useful, he/she can easily unsubscribe at any time.

 Thank you as always for your support to the Society,


All best wishes,



Myrto Drizou, PhD

Assistant Professor of English

Book Review Editor, The Edith Wharton Review

Membership Coordinator, The Edith Wharton Society

Valdosta State University

West Hall 226

Valdosta, GA 31698

CFP: Critical Insights on Edith Wharton (11.20.16)

Call for Papers
Critical Insights:  Edith Wharton

Please see below the call for essays for a forthcoming volume on Edith Wharton. The volume is part of the series Critical Insights (Salem Press) and will appear in fall 2017. More information can be found here:

Following the guidelines for the series, I seek essays (4000-5000 words) that are accessible to high school students and undergraduates, and are meant to:

  • Provide undergraduates with a comprehensive introduction to the author’s works, as well as the various approaches students are likely to encounter and study in their classrooms.
  • Help students build a foundation for studying works in greater depth by introducing them to key concepts, contexts, critical approaches, and vocabulary in literary scholarship.

The format of each volume is standard, and will include:

  • A “biographical” essay (2000 words) that gives an overview of Wharton’s life
  • A “historical background” essay (4000-5000 words) that addresses how the time period influenced Wharton as well as what makes her work relevant to a modern audience. The essay should consider a variety of contexts in which Wharton’s work is usually placed.
  • A “critical reception” essay (4000-5000 words) that reviews the history of critical responses to Wharton’s oeuvre, and addresses the major concerns that scholars have identified over the years. The essay should be a comprehensive overview of criticism rather than a focused analysis of specific perspectives.
  • A “critical lens” essay (4000-5000 words) that offers a close reading of Wharton’s work(s) from a particular critical standpoint (e.g. gender studies, cultural studies, disability studies, etc).
  • A “comparative analysis” essay (4000-5000 words) that analyzes Wharton in the light of another (similar or contemporary) author.

In addition: the volume will include ten 5000-word essays, which will offer various critical readings of Wharton’s work. Topics could address (but are not limited to):

  • Wharton and the First World War; Wharton and race; Wharton and feminism; queer readings of Wharton’s works; Wharton and cosmopolitanism; Wharton and modernism; Wharton as an architectural historian; Wharton’s works in comparison with other writers (American or not); Wharton in a transatlantic context; Wharton and animal studies; Wharton and disability; Wharton and other genres (e.g. Gothic); Wharton in film; Wharton as a travel writer, etc.
  • I welcome topics that reflect the main critical approaches to Wharton’s oeuvre, as well as recent reevaluations of her work. Essays that incorporate a range of Wharton’s texts are strongly encouraged. Readings and approaches should not be dated nor so cutting-edge as to be dated in the next 10 years.

Please send an abstract (500-1000 words) and a brief CV by November 20, 2016 to:


Myrto Drizou, PhD

Department of English

Valdosta State University

Valdosta GA 31698


Notification of acceptance by December 15, 2016. Complete first drafts (5000 words) due by March 15, 2017.

CFP: Wharton Panel at ALA 2017 (Deadline 1.15.17)

Wharton Chapters

Wharton’s works are increasingly making their ways into a range of scholarly projects that extend beyond studies of a single author.  For scholars who are focusing on projects that involve a range of writers and/or readers interested in Wharton’s role in book projects, how is Wharton’s work part of a broader conversation?  What approaches to Wharton’s writing are these projects privileging or producing?  How might they contribute to or challenge existing studies of Wharton’s work?  Finally, what might these projects suggest to us about the present and future of Wharton studies in the academy?  Please send 250 – 300 word proposals to Melanie Dawson at no later than January 15.  

Melanie Dawson

David and Carolyn Wakefield Term Distinguished Associate Professor of English

Director of English Honors

Department of English

College of William and Mary