Category Archives: Edith Wharton Review

Call for Submissions: Edith Wharton Review

Edith Wharton Review, the peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed, scholarly journal of the Edith Wharton Society, welcomes submissions on Edith Wharton, Wharton in the context of other authors, and literary and cultural trends, and Wharton in relation to other writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from a broad range of theoretical perspectives including transmedial approaches. 

The Review also invites shorter contributions to a “Teaching Notes” section that includes both traditional and digital methodologies, archival notes, review essays (for example, on little-read works by Wharton, or considerations of her status in contemporary culture) and book reviews pertaining directly to Wharton or contextualizing her work in some way. For these shorter articles, please query the editor as listed below.

The journal strives to include work by scholars across all stages of academic careers (including independent scholars).

The Review is published twice a year and accepts submissions on a rolling basis, but end of August and end of February submission dates will ensure consideration for the next issue. 

Please contact Rita Bode ( with queries, and see  for submission details.

CFP: Wharton and Ecology (Edith Wharton Review) (deadline September 15, 2022)

Wharton and Ecology

Special Issue of the Edith Wharton Review

Call for Papers

Guest editors Melanie Dawson and Jennifer Haytock seek contributions for a special issue of the Edith Wharton Review focusing on “Wharton and Ecology.” Essays may cover any aspect of Wharton’s writing about the natural world, gardening, surrounding environmental contexts/histories, deep time, animal nature(s), healthy and unhealthy ecosystems, and travel to and within specific environmental systems. “Ecologies” may also encompass systems and networks that include but also extend beyond the natural world. We welcome attention to all aspects of Wharton’s work (fiction, poetry, travel writing, plays, letters, gardens).

Essays are due by September 15, 2022 for publication in spring 2023. Essays should be between 20 and 30 pages long, including notes and Works Cited, in accordance with MLA guidelines. We welcome inquiries at and

Edith Wharton Review: Call for Submissions for Special Issues

New Deadlines

The Edith Wharton Review invites submissions for three upcoming Special Issues.

Edith Wharton and Religion

We invite papers exploring any aspect of religion, spirituality, and the sacred in Wharton’s work. Essays should be 4,000-6,000 words in length, but longer essays of no more than 8,000 words will also be considered. Submissions should be made online to The Edith Wharton Review with a note that the piece is for the “Wharton and Religion” Special Issue. Inquiries: contact Sharon Kim,

Deadline: August 15, 2017

Edith Wharton and the Periodical Market

Essays should be 4,000-6,000 words in length, but longer essays of no more than 8,000 words will also be considered. Submissions should be made online to The Edith Wharton Review with a note that the piece is for the “Wharton and the Periodical Market” Special Issue. Inquiries: contact Paul Ohler,

Deadline: May 30, 2018

The Age of Innocence Centenary

Deadline TBA: late 2019, early 2020

Inquiries: Sharon Kim or Paul Ohler

CFP: The Edith Wharton Review – Special Issue on Wharton and Religion

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.  

Edith Wharton Review back issues to be removed by 12/31/15

At present, the back issues of The Edith Wharton Review are available for free online:

Due to our new publishing arrangement with Penn State Press, however, these will be removed from this site as of December 31, 2015, although they will still be available through subscription databases.

If you want to download the copies, do it soon.



The Editors of The Edith Wharton Review, now published by Penn State University Press, are seeking applications for the position of Book Review Editor. The successful applicant will be responsible for managing the solicitation, acceptance, and review process for books submitted to the journal for review. Among the responsibilities are the following:

  • Identify books that are appropriate for review
  • Sustain a healthy flow of book reviews in consultation with the Editors
  • Obtain review copies from publisher and send them out to reviewers
  • Identify potential reviewers and solicit book review submissions
  • Liaise with the author of the book review
  • Oversee the editing of all book reviews
  • Consult with the Editors regarding the final version of the book review

Please send a letter of application and CV to Editor Meredith Goldsmith ( and to Associate Editors Sharon Kim ( and Paul Ohler (

Edith Wharton Review is a peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed, scholarly journal publishing scholarship on Edith Wharton, Wharton in the context of other authors, and Wharton in relation to other writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its audience is the community of scholars and readers dedicated to the understanding of Edith Wharton’s work and its role in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century culture.

Edith Wharton Review is the official refereed publication of the Edith Wharton Society. The Edith Wharton Society is an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association, founded in 1983. A growing organization of scholars, students, and enthusiasts, the Edith Wharton Society promotes interest in the writing and life of Edith Wharton and her associates.

For more on the journal, see

9/7/15 EJO

Edith Wharton Review Back Issues will move to Penn State

As part of the Edith Wharton Review move to Penn State in 2016, the back issues will be available on JSTOR. Edith Wharton Society members will have access to all the back issues through JSTOR.

The back issues currently available for free at the Edith Wharton Society site will be removed as of December 2015.  Here is the link to the back issues:

If you are interested in downloading any back issues from this site, you can do so before December 2015.

From Meredith Goldsmith, EWS President

Dear Edith Wharton Society Members,

In the past two years or so, we’ve learned that Edith Wharton is hotter than ever–the subject of a Vogue spread (September 2012), a New Yorker profile (February 2012), record-breaking attendance at our conference in Florence (June 2012), and increasingly vibrant scholarship and teaching.  By now, you’ve probably received your new edition of the Edith Wharton Review, and know that we here at the Edith Wharton Review hope to keep Wharton’s image and her work very much alive in the 21st century.

With our 30th anniversary on the way, we’ve changed the layout and design of the journal; added new members to our editorial Board, including Elizabeth Ammons as Special Advisory Editor; and expanded to include more sections, including sections on pedagogy, archival materials, and Wharton’s status in the contemporary public eye.  We went from a typical total of 36 pages to over 90 pages in the most recent issue. We’ve signed a contract with ProQuest, which will distribute on-line versions of our content to libraries around the world.  In addition, the journal now carries an ISSN, which facilitates its cataloguing by libraries, thus making the content of the journal more readily available to scholars. Our goal has been to continue the important work accomplished by Carole Shaffer-Koros, who edited the Review as a labor of love for many years, and Annette Zilversmit, founder of the Edith Wharton Society. We aim to emphasize the importance of the Review to Wharton studies and to the study of American women’s writing more generally.

What this means is that the journal you recently received in the mail is much more expensive to produce than the previous version.  Membership has gone up at a very modest rate, but production costs have increased substantially.  We aim to provide a high-quality product, but we can’t maintain the quality to which we aspire without support from our members.

All of these exciting changes cannot be fully solidified without your help! In particular, we would greatly appreciate the support of lifetime members, who have been receiving the journal at no cost for many years. Your donation is essential in supporting the Society and assuring our contribution to scholarship through publication of the Edith Wharton Review. You may return the check to us at the address below, or give through our secure PayPal link at the Edith Wharton Society website (

____ Friends of Edith: $50; ____ Happy Few: $100; _____ Inner Circle: $200
____ Other Amount: $ ___

Thank you for your continued commitment to Wharton studies. We are very grateful for your part in preserving Edith Wharton’s legacy.


Meredith Goldsmith

President, Edith Wharton Society/ Editor, Edith Wharton Review
Ursinus College, Department of English
601 E. Main Street, Collegeville, PA 19426-1000