Author Archives: Donna Campbell

About Donna Campbell

Professor of English, Washington State University. Late nineteenth- and early 20th-century Americanist and digital humanities. http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/ and http://www.donnamcampbell.wordpress.com

EWS Executive Board Seeks Nominations

The Edith Wharton Society seeks to fill up to two Member-at-Large positions on its Executive Board for the 2017-19 term. If you are interested in serving, please send your name and a brief biographical statement (one paragraph) to the EWS Secretary, Jennifer Haytock, at jhaytock@brockport.edu by March 30, 2017. We will hold elections after that date, and the two candidates who receive the most votes will serve.

In order to encourage broad participation, the EWS particularly encourages new nominations. Candidates must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society. Membership dues can be paid here:

https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/

The Society’s by-laws, which outline the responsibilities of the Members at Large, can be found here:

https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/constitution-and-by-laws/2015-constitution/

 

Interested persons may also contact any current Board member for more information.

From Laura Rattray: Custom of the Country Competition News

Competition News

Link: https://transatlanticladies.wordpress.com/blog/

Thank you to everyone who entered our writing competition, linked to our first book club choice, Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country (1913), narrating the exploits of a certain Undine Spragg.  We really enjoyed reading your entries, which – in true transatlantic literary women style—were received from both sides of the Atlantic.

We asked you to write a dating profile for Undine Spragg or create one of Mrs Heeny’s newspaper clippings, with a report on one of Undine’s parties.

There was no shortage of ideas, but we do have a winner. Congratulations to Deborah Molloy from Kent, UK, who gives us a contemporary twist on a dating profile as Undine opts for the direct, targeted approach. Forget about being the Ambassador’s Wife!

Here’s Deborah’s winning entry, printed with permission. Enjoy!

I Mean To Have The Best

 

Dear Mr President

 

I am taking the unusual step of placing this personal ad as I realise that a terrifically busy man like you might not have time for niceties. I am currently between husbands, and really feel we were made for each other.  I really, truly admire the way you always get what you want, power is the biggliest thrill, don’t you think?  My daddy was a Wall Street man and I feel we speak the same language – alternative facts are the way forward.  I have always felt I belonged on Fifth Avenue; why we’re practically neighbours!  So, if you decide you want a First Lady who’s the home-made article my mamma will be happy to receive you at the Stentorian Hotel, 1 W 72nd St. Perhaps we can talk about lifting restrictions on pigeon-blood rubies.

 

With warmest regards

Ms Undine Spragg-Marvell-de Chelles-Moffatt

 

 

 

More info on the series available here:

https://twitter.com/atlantlitwomen

 

and here: https://transatlanticladies.wordpress.com/

EWS Membership Directory Updated

Thanks to Membership Secretary Myrto Drizou, the Membership Directory has been updated at https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/directory/

From Myrto:

“Memberships marked with “33.1” or “33.2” are active; they correspond to spring 2017 and fall 2017 respectively. If a membership is marked “32” or lower, it has expired. We kindly invite all our members to renew for 2017, as the new issue of the _Edith Wharton Review_ will soon be published.”

You can renew your membership on the Membership page”

(https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/)

CFP: SHARP/ Edith Wharton Society at MLA 2018) (Deadline: 3.10.17)

Call for papers – SHARP/ Edith Wharton Society

Session type: Joint Session / Affiliate Organizations

Organizations: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing; Edith Wharton Society

Title of the session: Edith Wharton, Book History and Digital Humanities

Submission requirements: Abstract, 300 words

Deadline for submissions: 10 March 2017

Contact person information: Lise Jaillant (l.jaillant@lboro.ac.uk) OR Paul Ohler (Paul.Ohler@kpu.ca)

 

Book historians have long been interested in Edith Wharton’s transition from “lady to author.” In the late 1950s, Millicent Bell examined the archive of the publisher Charles Scribner to understand Wharton’s growing professionalism and awareness of the market value of her work. With the transatlantic, and transnational turn in book history, scholars have paid attention to the way Wharton managed her career on both sides of the Atlantic, skillfully negotiating rights from book, film and drama sources. “Like other canny literary operators sensitive to the potential of new media outlets for their literary material,” wrote David Finkelstein, “Wharton extracted maximum exposure and financial benefit from appearances in multiple media forms.” This remediation from print to new media is of course of interest to digital humanists, who have brought innovative perspectives to Wharton studies. Another avenue of inquiry has been opened with the digitalization of early-twentieth-century periodicals and the study of the various forms in which Wharton’s texts appeared.

 

This session will showcase new approaches in book history and digital humanities to shed light on Edith Wharton’s work and relationship with her publishers and readers. It will bring together “traditional” and digital humanists to illuminate Wharton’s global career and reception of her work across borders. It will also identify future lines of inquiries and innovative methodologies that will help us better understand one of the most important writers of the early twentieth century. 

 

Paul Ohler Ph.D.

Department of English

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666-72nd Avenue

Surrey, British Columbia

V3W 2M8

Canada

President, Edith Wharton Society

Associate Editor, Edith Wharton Review

CFP: EWS Panel at MLA 2018 (deadline 3.15.17)

Edith Wharton Society CFP MLA 2018:  Edith Wharton’s New York

In her memoir, A Backward Glance (1934) Wharton wrote that the New York of her youth was “as much a vanished city . . . as the lowest layer of Schliemann’s Troy.” In her 1899 story “A Cup of Cold Water” the protagonist walks the city on a winter night, moving down Fifth Avenue to Thirty-Fifth Street before he turns east toward Broadway’s middle-class precincts. The story heralds Wharton’s use of New York as a setting for many of her best-known works of fiction. We invite papers that consider the relevance of New York to her depictions, early and late, of urban geography and architecture, social and ethnic diversity, capitalism and cultural entropy, and the “vanished city” of her youth, among other approaches. Proposals might address stories such as “The Other Two” (1904), the novellas of Old New York (1924), and novels such as The House of Mirth (1905), The Custom of the Country (1913), The Age of Innocence (1920), The Mother’s Recompense (1925), and Twilight Sleep (1927). Also welcome are comparative analyses with alternative visions of New York by writers such as Abraham Cahan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Henry James.

Session type: Allied Organization

Submission requirements: Abstract (300 words) and short CV

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2017

Contact information: Paul Ohler (paul.ohler@kpu.ca)