Monthly Archives: August 2017

From Ferda Asya: Contribute to a Modern Language Association (MLA) Approaches Volume on Teaching Edith Wharton’s Works

Contribute to a Modern Language Association (MLA) Approaches Volume on Teaching Edith Wharton’s Works

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;, 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.

You also can propose an essay for the volume. 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:

From Paul Ohler: 2017-2018 EWS Award Winners

I’m writing to inform you of the results of the 2017-2018 EWS Awards competition. We had an excellent group of essays for both the Elsa Nettels Prize and the Undergrad Research Prize, and I wish to thank our judges Jennifer Haytock, Madeleine Vala, and Meg Toth for their willingness to assess the essays and the proposals for the Archival Research Award. The winners have been notified.

Deborah Molloy, a doctoral student at the University of Kent, has been awarded the Edith Wharton Society Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar for her essay “In the Cave of the Oracle: Feminine Tragedy in The House of Mirth and Mrs Manstey’s View.

Aidan Selmer an English Major at the College of William and Mary has won the Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Research Prize for his essay “Risk and the Self-Fashioning Women in Wharton’s House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and Summer.

Myrto Drizou, Associate Professor of English at Valdosta State University is the recipient of the Edith Wharton Society Award for Archival Research for her project “Wharton’s Odyssey and Mythologizing the Modern in American and Greek Literary Naturalisms”

Best to you all,


Paul Ohler Ph.D.

Department of English

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666-72nd Avenue

Surrey, British Columbia

V3W 2M8



President, Edith Wharton Society

Associate Editor, Edith Wharton Review

From Laura Rattray: The Edith Wharton Writing Competition

The Edith Wharton Writing Competition

We hope you may have heard about an Edith Wharton workshop at Glasgow University on Wednesday 4 October – free, friendly, open to all:

To tie in with the workshop, we’re holding a competition. Again, it’s open to everyone, so whether you’re in Glasgow or further afield, we would love to hear from you. If you can’t join us for the workshop on the day, take part another way with this competition. (We want lots of entries from workshop attendees too of course.) And, yes, there will be prizes!

There are two options for the competition. We would like you either to write a summary alternative ending to any work by Wharton, or a sequel. Your entry can be anything from a single sentence to a passage of up to 250 words. It can be any style, any genre: prose, verse, comic, serious …let your imagination roam.

Have you sometimes wished a work by Edith Wharton ended differently? Now’s your chance! Or have you sometimes wondered what might have happened after the final page? Let us know…

In alternative Wharton narratives, does The House of Mirth’s Lily Bart marry Rosedale, marry Selden to live un/happily ever after, marry neither? Move in with Gerty and learn to embrace dinginess? Does The Custom of the Country’s Undine achieve her latest wish and become an ambassador’s wife?  Does Summer’s Lawyer Royall get up from the armchair only to be stabbed by Charity with the brooch? Could there even be a happy ending to Ethan Frome – or is that beyond all our imaginations?  The choice is yours!

Whatever your “take”, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us your entries, subject heading “Wharton competition”, giving your name and location to by Friday 29 September. We’re delighted that our Wharton speakers at the workshop have agreed to act as judges for the competition. We’ll be announcing the winners at the workshop, and posting the decisions online shortly after. We’d love to post some of our favourite entries on the TLW site (with first name only, and general location), so unless you tell us otherwise in your emailed entry, we take it that you are happy for us to do this and to share your narrative.

That’s it! Happy writing. Don’t forget: deadline Friday 29 September. We’re looking forward to travelling with you to other Wharton worlds….


Updated EWS Directory

From Myrto Drizou: The Membership Directory has been updated here:

The left column refers to the volume and issues of the Edith Wharton Review (33-1: spring 2017; 33-2: fall 2017; 34-1: spring 2018; 34-2: spring 2018). For a membership to be current, it must correspond to 33-2 (fall 2017) or later. If not, it has expired. Members are welcome to renew their memberships using the link on the Society’s webpage:


CFP: Edith Wharton Panel at ALA 2018

For The American Literature Association Association Conference

May 24-7 2018, San Francisco, CA

Wharton and the West

We invite proposals for papers that explore variations on the idea of the West in Wharton’s work.  Both the West and the Midwest are referenced in Wharton’s work in relation to cultural formations, types of characters, and cultures that appear distinct from the urban Northeast featured in many of the author’s works.  In addition, Western writers came into fashion during Wharton’s era, including any number of writers about California, exploration, about the changing landscape of the heartland through the West coast.   How might Wharton’s work register the presence and popularity of Western writers (Bret Harte, Frank Norris, or Gertrude Atherton, for example)?   How might we consider Wharton’s familiarity with the people of the west, broadly conceived?  How might the presence of Western writing or Western narratives leave traces in Wharton’s oeuvre?  Send 200 word a proposals and curriculum vita to by Jan 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