Call for Papers
Critical Insights: Edith Wharton
Please see below the call for essays for a forthcoming volume on Edith Wharton. The volume is part of the series Critical Insights (Salem Press) and will appear in fall 2017. More information can be found here:
Following the guidelines for the series, I seek essays (4000-5000 words) that are accessible to high school students and undergraduates, and are meant to:
- Provide undergraduates with a comprehensive introduction to the author’s works, as well as the various approaches students are likely to encounter and study in their classrooms.
- Help students build a foundation for studying works in greater depth by introducing them to key concepts, contexts, critical approaches, and vocabulary in literary scholarship.
The format of each volume is standard, and will include:
- A “biographical” essay (2000 words) that gives an overview of Wharton’s life
- A “historical background” essay (4000-5000 words) that addresses how the time period influenced Wharton as well as what makes her work relevant to a modern audience. The essay should consider a variety of contexts in which Wharton’s work is usually placed.
- A “critical reception” essay (4000-5000 words) that reviews the history of critical responses to Wharton’s oeuvre, and addresses the major concerns that scholars have identified over the years. The essay should be a comprehensive overview of criticism rather than a focused analysis of specific perspectives.
- A “critical lens” essay (4000-5000 words) that offers a close reading of Wharton’s work(s) from a particular critical standpoint (e.g. gender studies, cultural studies, disability studies, etc).
- A “comparative analysis” essay (4000-5000 words) that analyzes Wharton in the light of another (similar or contemporary) author.
In addition: the volume will include ten 5000-word essays, which will offer various critical readings of Wharton’s work. Topics could address (but are not limited to):
- Wharton and the First World War; Wharton and race; Wharton and feminism; queer readings of Wharton’s works; Wharton and cosmopolitanism; Wharton and modernism; Wharton as an architectural historian; Wharton’s works in comparison with other writers (American or not); Wharton in a transatlantic context; Wharton and animal studies; Wharton and disability; Wharton and other genres (e.g. Gothic); Wharton in film; Wharton as a travel writer, etc.
- I welcome topics that reflect the main critical approaches to Wharton’s oeuvre, as well as recent reevaluations of her work. Essays that incorporate a range of Wharton’s texts are strongly encouraged. Readings and approaches should not be dated nor so cutting-edge as to be dated in the next 10 years.
Please send an abstract (500-1000 words) and a brief CV by November 20, 2016 to:
Myrto Drizou, PhD
Department of English
Valdosta State University
Valdosta GA 31698
Notification of acceptance by December 15, 2016. Complete first drafts (5000 words) due by March 15, 2017.
It was wonderful to see many of you at the recent “Wharton in Washington 2016″ conference. As we look ahead to future events, we invite you to keep in mind the centenary of Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, which was published in 1920 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.
As part of the celebration, The Edith Wharton Review is planning a Special Issue on “The Age of Innocence at 100,” scheduled for Winter 2020-Spring 2021. The journal issue will include select essays from the 2020 Edith Wharton Society conference, but the editors also welcome submissions representing new readings of The Age of Innocence or its film adaptations in a post-9/11 age.
Arielle Zibrak is also organizing a book volume, co-edited with Alice Kelly, which aims to situate The Age of Innocence among Wharton’s modern contemporaries and literary descendants, rather than her antecedents, and bring new theoretical methods to bear on readings of her work.
Calls for Papers are forthcoming, to be sent out as the directors of the 2020 conference are secured in early 2017.
We hope that you will help make the centenary of The Age of Innocence a memorable year of scholarship and reflection.
With all best wishes,
The Edith Wharton Review
The Age of Innocence Centenary
The Edith Wharton Review Special Issue:
“The Age of Innocence at 100”
Winter 2020-Spring 2021
Deadline for submissions: December 2019.
The Age of Innocence
Centenary Book Volume
Co-Editors: Arielle Zibrak, Alice Kelly
Deadline for proposal submissions: tba
From Myrto Drizou:
A SUITCASE OF HER OWN: WOMEN AND TRAVEL
deadline for submissions:
January 31, 2017
full name / name of organization:
Department of Postcolonial Studies and Travel Literatures, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
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CFP: Edith Wharton’s Summer (MLA 2017; Deadline 3.15.16)
When, towards the end of her life, Edith Wharton named her five favorite works among her fiction, one short novel featured on the list: Summer (1917). To mark the centenary of its publication, we invite papers reconsidering Summer and its place in Wharton’s oeuvre. Themes and approaches might include: a re-evaluation of its critical reception, with Wharton claiming in A Backward Glance that Summer had “shocked” its readers, while T. S. Eliot suggested it would be considered “disgusting” in America; its position in Wharton’s canon, perhaps reconsidering the novel’s links to Ethan Frome and its label as “the hot Ethan.” Also welcome are re-considerations of Summer in the context of the discourses of race and eugenics in the early twentieth-century United States, disability studies, sexual politics, and the motif of incest. Topics might include Summer in the classroom, Wharton’s treatment of unprivileged lives, Charity Royall, the novel’s hotly disputed ending, or Lawyer Royall, alternatively viewed as prince or monstrous abuser, the man of whom Wharton wrote to Bernard Berenson: “Of course, he’s the book.” All themes and approaches are welcome, but most especially those illuminating the ongoing relevance of the novel as it reaches its centennial year. Send 250-word abstracts and a brief bio as a single Word document by March 15, 2016 to email@example.com. Presenters must be members of the Edith Wharton Society.
Calling all Whartonians in Scotland!
Please join us for “Wait, Weep and Be Worthy? Women and the First World War”, a centenary public symposium at Glasgow Women’s Library on Saturday 14 November 2015. The event combines talks by well-known speakers, alongside a pageant representing women of the war, a suffragette exhibition, and creative writing and art workshops. Topics include: women’s poetry of the war; transatlantic literary women and the First World War; the impact of the war on the campaign for women’s suffrage; women as carers; women and war in the Middle East. Speakers include Kate Adie, formerly the BBC’s chief news correspondent, blazing a trail for women in journalism as Britain’s leading female war reporter, and Sarah Waters, the award-winning best-selling author of novels including Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, The Night Watch and The Paying Guests. Part of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities, the event is free, but booking essential. Details and tickets available here:
CFP SAMLA 87–Edith Wharton Society
Writing (of) Women’s Bodies: Wharton and Early Twentieth-Century Feminism
In keeping with the SAMLA theme, “In Concert: Literature and other Arts,” this panel seeks papers which consider Edith Wharton’s work in the context of the growing voice of feminism of her time. In this panel, we are interested in papers which explore the connections between Wharton’s treatment of female bodies and the context of early twentieth century feminism. We encourage a broad interpretation of this theme, including (but not limited to) the role of sexuality in her work, to her work as a war correspondent, to even the material realities of her characters’ lives. By June 15, 2015, please submit a 250-300 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Monica Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org.