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

Wharton in the News: Play “Shadow of a Doubt” in Washington, D. C.

This is definitely not Edith Wharton’s only play, but here’s the information for the Shadow of a Doubt staged reading in Washington on November 13.

“The Shadow of a Doubt.” Edith Wharton’s only play gets a free staged reading as part of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Re:Discovery” series. Nov. 13 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. Free. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.

Via https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/dc-theater-friday-from-trump-y-vicuna-to-pajama-game/2017/11/09/4e3f7104-c4c2-11e7-aae0-cb18a8c29c65_story.html?utm_term=.ad98cd999e66

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CFP:  The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the Edith Wharton Society at ALA 2018

CFP:  The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the Edith Wharton Society at ALA 2018

AMERICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION
MAY 24-27, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

 The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the Edith Wharton Society

  • Comparative Approaches to Fitzgerald and Wharton

 

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the Edith Wharton Society are collaborating to organize a panel on the two writers at the American Literature Association’s 2018 convention in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018. We are looking for scholars to present work that pursues comparative approaches to these pivotal twentieth-century literary artists.

 

Topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

 

  • positioning the two writers within diverse, competing, or overlapping modernisms (“high,” ethnic, nativist, sentimental, etc.)
  • questions of gender and sexuality, including explorations of masculinity, femininity, and friendship
  • family ecology: representations and/or life experiences of childhood, marriage, parenthood
  • questions of print culture
  • issues of film adaptation
  • issues of critical reception and popular reputation
  • approaches to teaching Fitzgerald and Wharton in the graduate, undergraduate, or secondary school classroom

 

300-500-word proposals for 20-minute papers, along with a brief vita, should be submitted electronically to Maggie Gordon Froehlich, Department of English, Pennsylvania State University, Hazelton (mgf10@psu.edu), by Friday, January 5, 2018. Please indicate any AV equipment needs.

 

  • Scott Fitzgerald (open topic)

 

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society (http://www.fscottfitzgeraldsociety.org/ ) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2018 American Literature Association in San Francisco, CA. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society invites proposals for papers examining any aspect of Fitzgerald’s life and work that provides fresh insights.

 

Send abstract and brief vita to Maggie Gordon Froehlich at mgf10@psu.edu by January 5, 2018.  Please indicate any AV equipment needs.

 

The American Literature Association’s 2th annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on May 24-27, 2018 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2018. For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org or contact the conference director, Professor Leslie Petty, at pettyL@rhodes.edu or the Executive Director of the ALA, Professor Alfred Bendixen of Princeton University, at ab23@princeton.edu  with specific questions.

 

Wanted: Conference Director(s) for Next EWS Conference

Have a vision for our next Wharton conference?  A talent for organizing?  An eye for the future of Wharton studies?  The Edith Wharton Society would love to hear from individuals who are interested in directing our next conference.  At MLA Paul Ohler, Melanie Dawson, and Jennifer Haytock will be available for in-person or Skype conversations about the next society conference, likely in 2020.  All inquiries are welcome.
Conference directors set conference themes, arrange dates, calls for papers, organize space rentals, oversee all legal contracts, liaison with caterers, arrange payments to vendors, organize and coordinate reviews of proposals, and arrange the program.  They also organize social media, select guest speakers, and oversee special events for the conference with the support of the Society President, Vice President, and other Board members. We traditionally have two co-directors who work collaboratively. This is an invaluable service to the Wharton community and a way to learn more about your colleagues in Wharton studies.  Please email Paul Ohler at paul.ohler@kpu.ca in advance of the MLA conference.

Wharton Queries: Rights to House of Mirth (play version)?

‘The House of Mirth’ is one of my favourite films. I will admit to being a big Gillian Anderson fan but I thought the whole cast was fantastic.

I work on projects for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival here in Inverness and I think the story of Lily Bart is still relevant in this day and age.

Therefore I was enquiring if the rights were available to produce a play based on the book and film.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kind Regards

Graeme Watson

ness@hotmail.com

Wharton Queries: Age of Innocence and Cather’s A Lost Lady

For my master paper cultural sciences I am studying Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady.

The focus of my study has become the question whether there are apparent new woman aspects in the main characters in these two novels. That means studying and researching literature about these authors but also about the society they lived in and the literature of that time. I have access to the databases of Ghent University and of the Dutch Open University and I read about the recent publications of The Edith Wharton Society but up until now I cannot find a clear statement of Edith Wharton about the new woman phenomena. I wonder whether she made such a statement or published her opinion about it. Could you give me some advice where to find some traces?

I am much obliged for your help.

 

Best regards.

 

Gijs den Dubbelden

Next Wharton Conference in 2018?

I am a senior English Major, with a Literature Concentration. I am currently at work on my thesis which is concerned with gender and sexuality in Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.

I am looking into conferences where I can present my research, and am inquiring if there are currently plans for a Wharton conference in 2018 sponsored by the Edith Wharton society.

Thank you,
Samantha Strickland

Email: samantha.strickland@bobcats.gcsu.edu

From Linda Selman: Author talk November 4 (EW and “Bunner Sisters”)

Linda Selman wants to share some exciting news about what she will be doing during the months of November & December in 2017 that directly involves Edith Wharton.
The East Hampton Library out in East Hampton, Long Island will present an Author Talk with Linda Selman on November 4, 2017, from 1-3 pm. Ms. Selman will share passages from her non-fiction suspense narrative The Inadvertent Researcher: A New York Story (“It’s astonishing AND exhilarating and inspiring to see how a single project or passion can elicit so much glory!” David Masello, Executive Editor MILIEU Magazine) as she uncovered valuable pieces of long-forgotten literary, art and social history when asked to adapt for the stage Edith Wharton’s first New York novella “Bunner Sisters”(written in 1891, but not published until 1916) which appeared Off-Broadway at the Metropolitan Playhouse’s Gilded Age Festival as well as at the National Arts Club, the New York Society LIbrary, the Salmagundi Club with excerpts at The Players. The adventure story is replete with twists and turns, mistaken identities, and lost lives. A pursuit that culminates with the reappearance of a leader in a movement that changes the tastes of America and establishes cultural standards still revered today: Henry Cuyler (H.C.) Bunner – Alexander Hamilton’s great-nephew.

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