Monthly Archives: January 2018

New Books: Edith Wharton: Critical Insights, edited by Myrto Drizou

Drizou, Myrto, editor. Edith Wharton: Critical Insights. Salem Press, 2017.



About This Volume, Myrto Drizou                                                                                              ix

On Edith Wharton, Myrto Drizou                                                                                               xv

Biography of Edith Wharton, Elif S. Armbruster                                                               xxix

Critical Contexts                                                                                                                                 

Edith Wharton and the Paradox of Fin-de-Siècle Modernity, Charlee Sterling          3

Wharton Studies, Dale M. Bauer                                                                                               18

Edith Wharton and the Rise of the New Woman, Isabelle Groenhof                           35

“The One End to Which Her Whole Organism Tended”: Social Evolution

in Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Hannah Huber                          48



Critical Readings                                                                                                                               

Edith Wharton’s “New Visions”: An Exploration of the Influence

of Catharine Maria Sedgwick on Bunner Sisters

and The Old Maid, Deborah Gussman                                                                              65

“Like Patterns Stenciled on a Wall”: Edith Wharton’s

Decoration of Fictional Houses, Elif S. Armbruster                                                      81

A New Material Approach to Reading Objects in Edith Wharton’s

Novels of Manners, Margaret Jay Jessee                                                                         96

Of Money, Love, and Art: Edith Wharton’s

Cultural Study of War, Elizabeth Hetzel and Carla Chwat                                           110

Edith Wharton and Law, Alicia Mischa Renfroe                                                                  124

Edith Wharton’s Old New York: Nineteenth-Century American Literary History and the Art of Selection in

The Age of Innocence, Mollie Barnes                                                                             139

How to Write a Best-Selling Novel: The House of Mirth

in the Classical Tradition, Mauro Lo Dico                                                                     155

Edith Wharton’s “Roman Fever,”

Or the Revenge of Daisy Miller, Robert Klevay                                                         171

Hotel Kids Incorporated: Childhood Counterculture in

Edith Wharton’s Late Fiction, Jericho Williams                                                         186


Unwilling Victims: Naturalism and the

Living Dead in Summer and Weeds, Stephanie Metz                                               200


Chronology                                                                                       219

Major Works                                                                                      227

Bibliography                                                                                      231

About the Editor                                                                                 237

Contributors                                                                                      239


CFP for SSAWW 2018: “Edith Wharton’s Geographies” (Deadline 2.10.18)

SSAWW 2018 Call for Papers: “Edith Wharton’s Geographies”

The Edith Wharton Society will sponsor at least one guaranteed session at SSAWW, November 7-11, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. The general subject is “Edith Wharton’s Geographies,” but all topics are welcome. How did Edith Wharton conceive of her world in geographic terms? What did she associate with certain regions? What sense of national traits informed her fiction?  How was her sense of place informed by her studies in history, anthropology, and evolution? The broad category of “geographies” includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Wharton’s sense of place
  • Wharton and the West
  • Edith Wharton’s New England
  • Wharton and Europe
  • Wharton’s home country (where is it?)
  • Wharton and travel
  • Trains, ships, and automobiles: modernity and movement
  • Looking back at the United States
  • New and Old New York
  • Mapping Wharton’s fiction


Please send 250-word proposals and a 1-page CV or brief biographical statement by February 10, 2018 to Donna Campbell,

Deadline for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edith Wharton Extended to February 28, 2018.

Deadline for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edith Wharton Extended to February 28, 2018.

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, edited by Ferdâ Asya, is extended to Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

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 by February 28, 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:


For other questions, please contact Ferdâ Asya at

Wharton Queries: What makes Wharton a significant short story writer?

I am currently an undergraduate at the University of Suffolk in the UK and in my second year of a BA Hons in English. Our current assignment is an overview and appraisal of a significant short story writer and I have chosen to write about Edith Wharton.

Would you therefore be able to suggest why Edith Wharton is so significant in the field of Short Story writers and why the popularity of her short stories still endures. Also, if you think her short stories were instrumental in bringing about social awareness and change for women?

Thank you very much in advance.

Caroline Roberts