Category Archives: EWS Business

Results of Changes to EWS Constitution

Dear EWS members,
Many thanks for voting on the recent proposed changes to the Constitution! I’m pleased to report that both amendments–to hold the Board meeting virtually and to create the position of Archivist–passed unanimously.
Many thanks to Donna Campbell for running our online election and making the changes to our Constitution.
Please look for a call for submissions for EWS awards this week or next.
All best,Jennifer

https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/constitution-and-by-laws/

From EWS President Melanie Dawson: Looking Toward 2021

Looking Toward 2021 

As we prepare to say a hearty goodbye to 2020 and greet a new year, the Edith Wharton Society will welcome a new set of officers and take a moment to recognize those who have served through the end of the current year. As many of you know, our officers serve for two-year periods, during which they maintain the scholarly presence of the Edith Wharton’s work, oversee the Society’s finances and membership, and support conference planning, including plans for the 2020 conference and 2020 EWS awards. This year we are particularly grateful for our outgoing Members at Large, Rita Bode and Katie Ahern; we thank both for their service across the past two years.  We also wish to recognize the Herculean labors of Margaret J. Jessee and Meg Toth, known affectionately to many as “the Margarets,” the directors of our in-person conference originally slated for June of this past year in New York City.  Conference planning is not for the faint of heart even in ordinary times, but as our lives were rearranged in response to our ongoing public health crisis, Jay and Meg closed out all site-specific conference planning and transitioned to our first online Edith Wharton Society conference events. We owe them huge thanks for their resilient energies as they enabled our virtual conversations about Wharton’s work; our summer online events were without precedent and their success was most welcome. 

As we turn to 2021, Sheila Liming continues to helm our membership coordination, and Carole Shaffer Koros the Society’s archives; Donna Campbell remains Webmaster and Sharon Kim Treasurer; we are grateful to these members their vital work on behalf of the Society. At The Edith Wharton Review, Paul Ohler continues as Editor and Myrto Drizou and Sharon Kim as Associate Editors, with Shannon Brennan as Book Review Editor. All are deserving of our ongoing appreciation for the journal’s splendid presence. Those who step into new EWS positions at the beginning of 2021 include Meg Toth, Laura Rattray, and Virginia Ricard, who join the Executive Board as Members At Large.  Thanks to all three for enabling the society’s work.  Jay Jessee steps in as Secretary, Myrto Drizou as Vice President, and Jennifer Haytock as President.  I know that the Society will be in excellent hands with these talented stewards. Many of you will remember Jennifer as co-director of the 2016 conference in Washington, D. C. and as an active Vice-President these past two years.  Indeed, I have relied upon a close collaboration with Jennifer throughout my time in the Presidency, just as I have benefitted from the wisdom of Paul Ohler, who steps out of the role of Immediate Past President, and who deserves many thanks for his years as Secretary, Vice-President, and President. I should also note the dedication of a host of officers past and present (especially Emily Orlando, Meredith Goldsmith, and Gary Totten, additional presidents with whom I have worked across my time with the society) and to a society culture that fosters such collaborative goodwill among its members.  We hope you will continue to contribute to the Society’s ongoing discussions of Edith Wharton, her works, and her milieu.   

Cordially, 

Melanie Dawson    

Voting open for EWS positions (please check your email for the link)

Voting is now open for the positions of Secretary and Members-at-Large for the 2021-23 term. Voting will be open until Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Society members, please use the link sent to your email to affirm or not affirm the nominated candidate for the position of Secretary and to vote for three out of five nominated candidates for Members-at-Large:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5DCRXNP

Here are the bios of each candidate:

Secretary

Margaret Jay Jessee (Jay):

I am Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where I also direct the English Honors Program. I had the honor of co-directing the Edith Wharton’s New York Conference, sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society, and scheduled for June 2020. We were so disappointed to have to cancel the conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but I take away from the experience a far greater understanding of the key role officers play in the Edith Wharton Society. Working closely with all of the current society officers, I came to appreciate the significance of our society’s role in promoting and encouraging continued excellence in scholarship on Edith Wharton and continued growth of interest in Wharton among junior scholars and current students. I would enjoy nothing more than to continue my service to the society in the role of secretary. The challenge, as I see it, for the new secretary of the society will be to maintain our connections to each other and to continue to grow the society in the face of cancelled conferences and events. Remote gatherings, digital presentations of scholarship, and virtual events to reach up-and-coming Wharton scholars is vital to the health of our society, and I would be delighted to help facilitate these activities in order to navigate this current “new normal.” In these truly bizarre times, maintaining connections with each other as a society is all the more important, and I see the role of Secretary of the society as integral to communication among our current members and to potential new members. I would be honored to serve, and I appreciate your consideration of my nomination.

Members-at-Large 

Nir Evron: 

Nir Evron is a senior lecturer (assistant professor) and chair of the Department of English and American Studies at Tel Aviv University. He specializes in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century contexts, and has published articles on a host of themes, including American realism and regionalism, American pragmatism, liberalism, the crisis of the humanities, literature and philosophy and more. His forthcoming book, The Blossom Which We Are: The Novel and the Transience of Cultural Worlds (State University of New York Press, 2020) is a comparative, historicist project that examines the trope of cultural extinction from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth centuries. Its test cases include Maria Edgeworth, Walter Scott, Edith Wharton, Joseph Roth, Yaakov Shabtai and others.

 Alice Kelly:

Alice Kelly is a literary and cultural critic based at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on early twentieth-century literary and cultural history in Britain and America. She is the author of Commemorative Modernisms: Women Writers, Death and the First World War (2020), which includes a chapter on Edith Wharton. She has previously published a critical edition of Edith Wharton’s First World War reportage, Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort (2015), and various essays on modernist and First World War literature, including a previously unknown First World War story by Edith Wharton in the Times Literary Supplement. She has held Fellowships at Yale University, New York University, and the Huntington Library, Pasadena. In 2017-18 she was the recipient of a British Academy Rising Stars Award for her interdisciplinary series Cultures and Commemorations of War.

Laura Rattray:

Laura Rattray is Reader in American Literature at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her work on Wharton includes, as editor, Edith Wharton in Context (2012), The Unpublished Writings of Edith Wharton (2009), Summer (2015) and, with Jennifer Haytock, The New Edith Wharton Studies (2019). Laura’s new book, Edith Wharton and Genre: Beyond Fiction is out this summer https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9780230361669. She is on the editorial board of the Edith Wharton Review and is currently working with Susan Barile on an edition of letters from Wharton to the Berensons.

Virginia Ricard:

Virginia Ricard is Assistant Professor of English at Bordeaux Montaigne University. Her recent work on Wharton includes “Edith Wharton’s French Engagement” in The New Edith Wharton Studies (2019), “The Uses of Boundaries: Edith Wharton and Place” in E-rea (16.2 | 2019), “‘Isn’t That French?’’” in Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence (2020), “Edith Wharton au tournant” in L’Amérique au tournant – La place des États-Unis dans la littérature française
(1890-1920)
(forthcoming Classiques Garnier September 2020) and “Edith Wharton, Translator” forthcoming in Transatlantica (2021). She is on the editorial board of the Edith Wharton Review and is currently working on an edition of Wharton’s correspondence with Charles Du Bos. She is co-editor of volume 29 of the Complete Works (OUP).

Meg Toth:

Meg Toth is Professor of English and the director of the film studies minor at Manhattan College. Her research interests include late nineteenth and early twentieth century U.S. literature, film, and adaptation studies. Her scholarship on Edith Wharton has been published in such journals as Modern Fiction Studies and the Journal of Narrative Theory and in the collections Edith Wharton in Context (ed. Laura Rattray) and Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism (ed. Meredith Goldsmith and Emily Orlando). Her current book project, After Innocence: Edith Wharton and Post-War Writings on Art and Faith, is an intertextual study that focuses on the figure of the artist and forms of spirituality in Wharton’s late works. She recently co-directed, with Margaret (Jay) Jessee, the conference Edith Wharton’s New York (2020).

With many thanks to all the candidates for running and to the society members for voting,

Sincerely,
Myrto

Myrto Drizou

Assistant Professor of English

Department of Western Languages and Literatures

Boğaziçi University

Update to Call for Nominations (deadline: July 31, 2020)

Dear Edith Wharton Society members,

Please excuse the repeated reminders but we would like to make a correction to the previously circulated call for nominations for incoming officers of the Board. At this time, we are accepting nominations for the position of Secretary and three Members-at-Large for the 2021-23 term (please note the change in the number of available positions—three rather than two—for Members-at-Large). Here are descriptions of these positions according to our Constitution:

Secretary

“5.4.  The Secretary shall take and distribute minutes of all meetings of the Society and of the Executive Board and shall forward minutes to the Web Master for posting on the society’s web page. The Secretary shall coordinate the nominations of new members of the board.”

5.7 “To achieve continuity, officers shall ordinarily succeed one another in this order: the Vice-President shall become President, and the Secretary become Vice-President, and the President become the Immediate Past President.”

Member-at-Large

Members-at-Large may be asked to adjudicate the EWS prizes, and they have the option of organizing, or deputizing someone to organize, the guaranteed EWS panel at NEMLA, SAMLA, and other regional MLA conferences (5.9).

For further information about these positions, please review our Constitution at

https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/constitution-and-by-laws/.

If you have any questions about either position, please feel free to contact any current Society officer, including President Melanie Dawson (mvdaws@wm.edu), Vice President Jennifer Haytock (jhaytock@brockport.edu), or Secretary Myrto Drizou (myrto.drizou@boun.edu.tr) for further information.

Candidates must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society. Membership dues can be paid here:

https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/

Please email Myrto Drizou with nominations by Friday, July 31, 2020. Please include which position you are nominating yourself for and a one-paragraph biography. A voting period will follow the close of the nomination period.

To vote, you must be a member in good standing. I encourage you to check on your membership status (https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/directory/) and update it if necessary. Please don’t hesitate to contact our membership coordinator Sheila Liming (sheila.liming@und.edu) with questions about your membership.

Call for Nominations: EWS Officers (deadline July 31, 2020)

Dear Edith Wharton Society members,

As we look forward to 2021, the leadership of the Society will transition to a group of incoming officers. At this time, we are accepting nominations for the position of Secretary and two Members-at-Large, for the 2021-23 term. Please see below descriptions of these positions according to our Constitution:

Secretary

“5.4.  The Secretary shall take and distribute minutes of all meetings of the Society and of the Executive Board and shall forward minutes to the Web Master for posting on the society’s web page. The Secretary shall coordinate the nominations of new members of the board.”

5.7 “To achieve continuity, officers shall ordinarily succeed one another in this order: the Vice-President shall become President, and the Secretary become Vice-President, and the President become the Immediate Past President.”

Member-at-Large

Members-at-Large may be asked to adjudicate the EWS prizes, and they have the option of organizing, or deputizing someone to organize, the guaranteed EWS panel at NEMLA, SAMLA, and other regional MLA conferences (5.9).

For further information about these positions, please review our Constitution at

https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/constitution-and-by-laws/.

If you have any questions about either position, please feel free to contact any current Society officer, including President Melanie Dawson (mvdaws@wm.edu), Vice President Jennifer Haytock (jhaytock@brockport.edu), or Secretary Myrto Drizou (myrto.drizou@boun.edu.tr) for further information.

Candidates must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society. Membership dues can be paid here:

https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/

Please email Myrto Drizou with nominations by Friday, July 31, 2020. Please include which position you are nominating yourself for and a one-paragraph biography. A voting period will follow the close of the nomination period.

To vote, you must be a member in good standing. I encourage you to check on your membership status (https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/directory/) and update it if necessary. Please don’t hesitate to contact our membership coordinator Sheila Liming (sheila.liming@und.edu) with questions about your membership.

Sincerely,

Myrto

Myrto Drizou

Assistant Professor of English
Department of Western Languages and Literatures
Bogaziçi University
34342, Bebek
Istanbul, Turkey

Secretary, Edith Wharton Society
Associate Editor, Edith Wharton Review

myrto.drizou@boun.edu.tr

 

Edith Wharton Society Secretary and Member-at-Large Ballot 2019-21 Term (Voting deadline: October 8, 2018)

Edith Wharton Society Secretary and Member-at-Large Ballot

2019-21 Term

[EWS Members will soon be receiving an email from Jennifer Haytock containing this information and a link for voting. Here are the candidate biographies for the election.] 

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When you receive the email link, please vote to affirm or not affirm the candidate for Secretary and candidates for Member-at-Large (two positions open). Voting will be open until October 8, 2018.

Secretary

Myrto Drizou is Assistant Professor of English at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, where she teaches American and transatlantic literature. She received her PhD in American and Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has previously taught at Valdosta State University and the University of Illinois at Springfield in the US. She is associate co-editor of the Edith Wharton Review and editor of the volume Edith Wharton for the series Critical Insights (Salem Press, 2018). She has also served as book review editor of the Edith Wharton Review and as membership coordinator for the Edith Wharton Society. Her work on Wharton has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Edith Wharton Studies (Cambridge UP, 2019); Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties (Palgrave, 2016); 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies (2016); and Critical Insights: American Writers in Exile (Salem Press, 2015). Other published work includes essays on Theodore Dreiser, Frank Norris, Henry Adams, and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. She is currently editing a special issue on the global dimensions of American literary naturalism (forthcoming in The New Centennial Review) and is working on a comparative study of American and Greek literatures, in which Wharton is placed alongside early twentieth-century Greek writers, such as Alexandros Papadiamantis and Konstantinos Theotokis. As an Americanist scholar of Greek descent whose work has matured through the cross-cultural experience of teaching in both the US and abroad, Myrto is invested in sustaining the international scope of the EWS and supporting the network of Whartonians across the world.

Members-at-Large

 Katie Ahern, PhD candidate in the School of English, University College Cork, Ireland.

I hold a BA, and a Masters in American Literature and Film from University College Cork. My PhD research examines representations of marginal figures in urban space in twentieth-century American literature, with a particular focus on on the writing of Edith Wharton and Anzia Yezierska. I am an active member of the American Studies community in Ireland and served for two years as the Postgraduate and Early Career representative on the Executive Committee of the Irish Association for American Studies. During my tenure, I organised two symposia dedicated to postgraduate and early career researchers, developed strong links with colleagues in the British Association for American Studies, and helped to create a vibrant network for postgraduates and early career researchers in Ireland. I am interested in fostering a more inclusive environment for postgraduates, ECRs, and those who are not in traditional academic roles. I believe I can play a part in increasing participation in Wharton studies, particularly here in Europe, which would encourage diversity in the discourse around the work of an author so dedicated to her trans-Atlantic identity.

Rita Bode, Ph.D. (University of Toronto), is professor of English Literature at Trent University, Canada. Her research interests center on women writers of the nineteenth- and early-twentieth centuries. She has presented at several Edith Wharton conferences, and her article on Edith Wharton’s and George Eliot’s historical novels appears in Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism. Other publications include work on Harriet Beecher Stowe and George Eliot, and Canadian writer L. M. Montgomery, a contemporary of Wharton’s. She is a past president of the Northeast Modern Language Association, and was the VP of Organizational Matters and Conference Director of the 2015 Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference. She is very pleased to be nominated for a member-at-large position of the Edith Wharton Society.

From Jennifer Haytock: Call for nominations for EWS positions

Dear Edith Wharton Society members,

The Edith Wharton Society is now accepting nominations for the position of 
Secretary and two Members-at-Large, for the 2019-21 term.
 
Secretary
From our Constitution:
“5.4.  The Secretary shall take and distribute minutes of all meetings of the Society and of the Executive Board and shall forward minutes to the Web Master for posting on the society’s web page.  The Secretary shall coordinate the nominations of new members of the board.”
5.7 “To achieve continuity, officers shall ordinarily succeed one another in this order: the Vice-President shall become President, and the Secretary become Vice-President, and the President become the Immediate Past President.”
Member-at-Large
Members-at-Large may be asked to adjudicate the EWS prizes, and they have the option of organizing, or deputizing someone to organize, the guaranteed EW panel at NEMLA, SAMLA, and other regional MLA conferences (5.9).
For further information about these positions, please review our Constitution at
If you have any questions about either position, please also feel free to contact any current Society officer, including President Paul Ohler (paul.ohler@kpu.ca), Vice President Melanie Dawson (mvdaws@wm.edu ), or Secretary Jennifer Haytock (jhaytock@brockport.edu) for further information.
Candidates must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society. Membership dues can be paid here:
Please email Jennifer Haytock with nominations by Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2019. Please include which position you are nominating yourself for and a one-paragraph biography. A voting period will follow the close of the nomination period.
To vote, you must be a member in good standing. I encourage you to check on your membership status (https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/directory/) and update it if necessary.
Sincerely,
Jennifer

From Paul Ohler: 2017-2018 EWS Award Winners

I’m writing to inform you of the results of the 2017-2018 EWS Awards competition. We had an excellent group of essays for both the Elsa Nettels Prize and the Undergrad Research Prize, and I wish to thank our judges Jennifer Haytock, Madeleine Vala, and Meg Toth for their willingness to assess the essays and the proposals for the Archival Research Award. The winners have been notified.

Deborah Molloy, a doctoral student at the University of Kent, has been awarded the Edith Wharton Society Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar for her essay “In the Cave of the Oracle: Feminine Tragedy in The House of Mirth and Mrs Manstey’s View.

Aidan Selmer an English Major at the College of William and Mary has won the Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Research Prize for his essay “Risk and the Self-Fashioning Women in Wharton’s House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and Summer.

Myrto Drizou, Associate Professor of English at Valdosta State University is the recipient of the Edith Wharton Society Award for Archival Research for her project “Wharton’s Odyssey and Mythologizing the Modern in American and Greek Literary Naturalisms”

Best to you all,

Paul​

Paul Ohler Ph.D.

Department of English

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666-72nd Avenue

Surrey, British Columbia

V3W 2M8

Canada

 

President, Edith Wharton Society

Associate Editor, Edith Wharton Review