Conference web site: http://whartoninwashington2016.wordpress.com
Please join the Edith Wharton Society for its upcoming Conference in Washington, DC. The conference directors seek papers focusing on all aspects of Wharton’s work. Papers might offer readings of any of Wharton’s texts, including the short fiction, poetry, plays, essays, travel writing, and other nonfiction, in addition to the novels.
While all topics are welcome, the location of the conference in the U. S. capital invites readings related to nationalism, cosmopolitanism, transatlanticism, seats of power, Americana, museum cultures in the 19th C, material cultures, and the work of preservation. Further, given the centennial years of World War I, papers offering new examinations of Wharton’s relationship to the war are particularly invited.
Proposals might also explore Wharton’s work in the context of such figures as Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Adams or Wharton’s work in relation to that of her contemporaries, such as Gertrude Stein, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Nella Larsen, Anita Loos, Henry James, and more. All theoretical approaches are welcome, including feminist, psychoanalytic, historicist, Marxist, queer studies, affective studies, disability studies, and ecocritical perspectives.
We plan to organize paper sessions, roundtables, and panel presentations. In addition, there will be a keynote speaker and opportunities for tours of local exhibits. Further details forthcoming at the conference website https://whartoninwashington2016.wordpress.com/.
Please submit 350-500-word abstracts and brief CV as one Word document to WhartoninWashington2016@gmail.com
by July 15, 2015.
All conference participants must be members of the Edith Wharton Society at the time of registration.
For more information about the conference, contact Conference Directors
Melanie Dawson (College of William & Mary) and
Jennifer Haytock (The College at Brockport, SUNY)
through the conference email account.
Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Panels for ALA Boston 2015
1. Cultural Exchange in Edith Wharton’s Life and Work
Organized by the Edith Wharton Society
Chair: Hildegard Hoeller, City University of New York–The Graduate Center and CSI
1. “Return Trip of Culture: Morocco/France/Morocco,” Ferdâ Asya, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
2. “Edith Wharton, The Valley of Decision, and the Transatlantic Romantic Revival,” Nathaniel Cadle, Florida International University
3. “‘The gift you can’t escape from’: debt and the (im)possibility of redemption in Edith Wharton’s The Touchstone,” Anna Girling, Univeristy of Edingburgh
2. Edith Wharton and the First World War
Organized by the Edith Wharton Society
Chair: Paul Ohler, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
1. “Edith Wharton’s Ecologies of War,” Mary Carney, University of North Georgia
2. “Avoiding the Wooden Crosses: Fighting France and Edith Wharton’s Uncomfortable Propaganda,” Alice Kelly, Yale University
3. “‘Eyes that have seen what one dare not picture:’ How Wharton and Hemingway tell a true war story in ‘Coming Home’ and ‘Soldier’s Home,’” Maureen E. Montgomery, Salve Regina University
Please join us at this year’s South Atlantic MLA in Atlanta, Georgia for the Edith Wharton Society’s Panel:
THE CUSTOMS OF MANY COUNTRIES: THE WORLDS OF EDITH WHARTON
Friday, November 8 – 3:15 PM
Chair: Monica Miller, Louisiana State University
Secretary: Mary Carney, Gainesville State University
1. Edith Wharton, Mountain Writer – Martha Billips, Transylvania University
2. Tiepolo’s Transporting Angels: Wharton’s Homes and Travels in The Glimpses of the Moon – Cecilia Macheski, LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York
3. Edith Wharton’s Sexual Negotiations in The Reef and The Custom of the Country – Kim Vanderlaan, California University of Pennsylvania
4. On Some Colonial Motifs in Edith Wharton’s In Morocco – Zakaria Faith, University of Maryland, Baltimore County