Category Archives: Conferences

Edith Wharton Society Panels at the 2016 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-29; Deadline: January 15, 2016

Edith Wharton Society Panels at the 2016 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-29; Deadline: January 15, 2016

Wharton and Religion

We invite papers exploring any aspect of religion, spirituality, and the sacred in Wharton’s writing, including the afterlives of religion in gothic, aestheticism, satire, and scientific discourse. How does religion figure within the Wharton imaginary? How is her fiction shaped by the legacy of Biblical poetics, religious fiction, or other religious genres? How does religion inflect her response to modernism? In addition to the Christianity most familiar to Wharton, we also welcome studies of Wharton in relation to Islam, Judaism, and other religions addressed in her work. Abstract and short bio to Sharon Kim, skim@judsonu.edu.

Wharton and the Culture of the Monthly Magazine

We seek papers that investigate Wharton’s engagement with the culture of the monthly magazine, including critiques of readers and reading in Wharton’s work as well as contextual studies of publications in periodicals. Papers might also offer new information about Wharton’s relations with individual magazines—she published in more than twenty—and/or consider the history of Wharton’s dealings with editors and publishers in the context of Laura Stevens’s call to attend to “questions of authority, canonicity, the means of textual production, and other questions central to feminist literary scholarship.” Please send proposal (250-500 words) and a short CV to Paul Ohler, paul.ohler@kpu.ca.

Calling all Whartonians in Scotland! “Wait, Weep and Be Worthy? Women and the First World War” (14 November 2015)

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:

http://womenslibrary.org.uk/event/wait-weep-and-be-worthy-women-and-the-first-world-war-a-centenary-symposium/

CFP: Wharton in Washington: A Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society (Deadline 7.15.15)

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A Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society
June 2-4, 2016

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.  

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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 Panels at ALA 2015

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

Edith Wharton Panel at SAMLA

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