Monthly Archives: September 2019

CFP: EWS at ALA “Wharton, Bodies, and Mobility” Deadline 12.1.19

Edith Wharton Society Call for Papers

American Literature Association
May 21-25, 2020 San Diego, CA
Wharton, Bodies, and Mobility
The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that explore how Wharton constructs bodies in her work. Panelists might consider (but are not limited to) the following questions:
• How does the representation and/or meaning of bodies change (or not) in different places/settings?
• Who moves and who cannot, and how do bodies facilitate or hinder movement?
• How do bodies mark social acceptance and belonging?
• How does Wharton represent classed or raced bodies?
• What constitutes acceptable or unacceptable bodies?
• How do bodies coincide with upward or downward social and economic mobility?
• What role does the mobility or immobility of bodies (Wharton’s or her characters’) play in her travel writing and other nonfiction works or in depictions of travel in her fiction?
All theoretical approaches welcome, and proposals are encouraged to consider more than one of Wharton’s works, if possible. The session is organized by Gary Totten and Jennifer Haytock on behalf of the EWS. Please submit titled proposals (approx. 350 words) and a brief CV by December 1, 2019 to Jennifer Haytock at jhaytock@brockport.edu. Please include any requests for AV needs in your proposal. Scholars whose proposals are accepted must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society by the time of the conference.

New Books: Audiobook of A Son at the Front

Name: Robin Siegerman

Email: robin.sieguzi@bellnet.ca

Website: http://www.RobinSiegerman.com

Where would you like this to appear? : New Books

Comment: I am an audiobook narrator and I have just completed a new recorded audiobook version of Wharton’s lesser known work, A Son at the Front, about being an American expatriate parent in Paris, of a son conscripted into the French army at the start of WWI.

The audiobook and e-book both contain an essay by Peter Buitenhuis, “Edith Wharton and the First World War” as an Afterword. His essay sheds interesting background light on Wharton’s prodigious war time charity work and provides context for her writing.

“What an incalculable sum of gifts and virtues went to make up the monster’s daily meal.” So observes American expatriate painter John Campton, whose only son is conscripted to military service in France at the beginning of WWI. In Edith Wharton’s saga, A Son at the Front, we share the character’s anguish as thousands of young men are sacrificed to the insatiable appetite of the war. The lessons are as relevant today as they were almost 100 years ago.

Available on Audible, Amazon, iTunes.

EWS Member News: Westfield Historical Society Talk set on ‘The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe’

Westfield Historical Society Talk set on ‘The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe’

As part of the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, Dr. Carole Shaffer-Koros, will talk about the many theories surrounding the Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe on Oct. 2.

The event will begin with check-in at 11:45 a.m. at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield. Edgar Allan Poe is well known today for his Gothic horror stories as well as his poem “The Raven.”

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/westfield/articles/westfield-historical-society-talk-set-on-the-mysterious-death-of-edgar-allan-poe

Wharton in the News: Custom of the Country

From The New Yorker

The first time I read Edith Wharton’s novel “The Custom of the Country,” which was published in 1913, I felt at once that I had always known its protagonist and also that I had never before met anyone like her. The values of Undine Spragg—who, in the course of the novel, makes a circuitous and sinister journey from Midwestern rube to ruby-drenched new-money empress—are repulsive, and her attempts to manipulate public attention are mesmerizing. For my money, no literary antiheroine can best Undine—a dazzling monster with rose-gold hair, creamy skin, and a gaping spiritual maw that could swallow New York City. People like her have been abundant in American culture for some time, but I never feel invested in their success; more often, I idly hope for their failure. With Undine, however—thanks to the alchemical mix of sympathy and disdain that animates Wharton’s language in the novel and allows her to match Undine’s savagery with plenty of her own—I find myself wanting her to get everything she desires.