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 (email@example.com)
The Edith Wharton Review
Call for Papers
Special Issue: Wharton and Religion
We invite papers exploring any aspect of religion, spirituality, and the sacred in Wharton’s work, including the afterlives of religion in gothic, aestheticism, or satire. How does Wharton conceptualize belief, spirituality, or religious tradition in modernity? What place does the sacred have in her writing, and where are the sacred spaces in her work? Are there distinctive features to Wharton’s discussions of religious architecture or sacred art? What interactions take place between Wharton’s fiction and the Bible, or religious texts and genres? How does Wharton’s anthropological eye address religious movements, practices, or characters? Do recent studies in religious history illuminate new aspects of Wharton’s fiction? Can Wharton’s writing contribute any insights to current post-secular discourse? What does it mean to read Wharton in an age of religious terror? We welcome studies of Wharton in relation to Islam, Judaism, and alternative spiritualities addressed within her work, in addition to the Christianity most familiar to her. We encourage attention to lesser known texts, such as “The Seed of the Faith,” as well as canonical novels like The House of Mirth. Essays should be 4,000-6,000 words in length and submitted online to The Edith Wharton Review with a note that it is for the “Wharton and Religion” Special Issue. Deadline: August 1, 2017.
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: