Dear Edith Wharton Society members,
Please join me in welcoming two new Members-at-Large to the Edith Wharton Society Executive Board: Meg Toth and Anna Girling. We look forward to continuing the work of the EWS together.
Welcome, Meg and Anna!
Secretary, Edith Wharton Society
Dr. Jennifer Haytock
Professor and Chair, English Department
227 Liberal Arts Building
The Edith Wharton Society seeks to fill up to two Member-at-Large positions on its Executive Board for the 2017-19 term. If you are interested in serving, please send your name and a brief biographical statement (one paragraph) to the EWS Secretary, Jennifer Haytock, at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 30, 2017. We will hold elections after that date, and the two candidates who receive the most votes will serve.
In order to encourage broad participation, the EWS particularly encourages new nominations. Candidates must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society. Membership dues can be paid here:
The Society’s by-laws, which outline the responsibilities of the Members at Large, can be found here:
Interested persons may also contact any current Board member for more information.
Thanks to Membership Secretary Myrto Drizou, the Membership Directory has been updated at https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/directory/
“Memberships marked with “33.1” or “33.2” are active; they correspond to spring 2017 and fall 2017 respectively. If a membership is marked “32” or lower, it has expired. We kindly invite all our members to renew for 2017, as the new issue of the _Edith Wharton Review_ will soon be published.”
You can renew your membership on the Membership page”
The minutes of the MLA EWS 2017 Board Meeting are available here
and also under Membership –> EWS Business
Dear Edith Wharton Society Members,
On the anniversary of Edith Wharton’s passing, I write to report on the recent election. With thanks to Donna Campbell for overseeing the electronic survey, the membership has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the revisions to the EWS bylaws and in favor of two new officers to serve on the EWS board: effective January 1, 2017, Jennifer Haytock will step in to the position of Secretary and Madeleine Vala the position of at-large member of the Executive Board. Thank you for your support of the Edith Wharton Society and all best wishes for these cherished summer hours.
President, The Edith Wharton Society
EWS Prizes Awarded
Dear Edith Wharton Society Members and Friends,
Our judges have now had a chance to assess a record number of submissions and I am pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Edith Wharton Society Awards:
The Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar is awarded to Dr. Lina Geriguis of Chapman University for her essay “‘Rich in Pathological Instances:’ Disability in the Early Reception Theory of Ethan Frome.” Second place goes to University of Cincinnati PhD candidate Lindsey Kurz for “The Heroine of a ‘Queer Episode’: Gerty Farish’s Martyrdom in The House of Mirth.” Both essays are under consideration at the Edith Wharton Review for possible publication. Thank you to Drs. Melanie Dawson and Myrto Drizou for serving as judges and Dr. Meredith Goldsmith, EWR editor, for overseeing publication.
Three (3) essays were singled out for the EWS Undergraduate Research Prize. First place is awarded to Angela Sammarone of Fairfield University for “‘On the threshold she paused’: Doors in Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses and The Mother’s Recompense.” Angela wrote her essay under the direction of Dr. Emily Orlando. A revised version will appear on the Edith Wharton Society website. Honorable mention goes to Lauren E. Hayes of Framingham State University for her essay “‘More Real to Me Here Than if I Went Up’: Fantasy Visions and Fear of the Unknown in Wharton’s Summer and The Age of Innocence.” Lauren produced her essay under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Maibor. Honorable mention also is awarded to Jacqueline Bradley of the University of Wyoming for “False Freedom: The Constraints of Divorce in Edith Wharton’s ‘The Other Two'”. Jacqueline wrote her essay under the direction of Dr. Arielle Zibrak. Thank you to Drs. Sharon Kim and Shannon Brennan for serving as judges.
The EWS Award for Archival Research is awarded to Dr. Bethany Wood of Southwest Baptist University for her project Adaptations Preferred: Gender Across 1920s Fiction, Theatre, and Film. Thank you to Drs. Meredith Goldsmith and Gary Totten for serving as judges.
Please join me in congratulating our winners and a tip of the hat to the mentors who advised them as they produced their prize-winning work. Thank you also to our distinguished Wharton scholar judges for their important work assessing the entries which, by all accounts, were quite impressive this year.
All best wishes,
Emily J. Orlando, Ph.D.
President, The Edith Wharton Society
The membership of the EWS voted unanimously to update the Society’s constitution and by-laws. To see the new document and the changes, go to https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/constitution-and-by-laws/