Drizou, Myrto, editor. Edith Wharton: Critical Insights. Salem Press, 2017.
I am writing with regard to an anthology of Edith Wharton’s travel narratives I have recently published in Spain, in translated version. I was wondering if you would be interested in including it in the Edith Wharton Society webpage. I enclose a photo of the volume and the link to the publication. In the section entitled “Reseñas” (Reviews) you can see the vivid interest that Edith Wharton elicits in this part of the world!
Teresa Gómez Reus
No work that I know of explores in such detail and within the context of a shared literary/aesthetic tradition the incredible number of women writers Campbell’s study covers and, at times, uncovers, resurrecting writers once considered important but then shunted aside by ideologically prescribed recanonizations. The book is important, then, not only for uncovering an extended line of women writers who constitute a tradition but for modeling the type of cultural study, grounded in an appreciation of all forms of American artistic expression, that is inclusive and therefore representative of American literary production.”
—Mary E. Papke, editor of Twisted from the Ordinary: Essays on American Literary Naturalism
Challenging the conventional understandings of literary naturalism defined primarily through its male writers, Donna M. Campbell examines the ways in which American women writers wrote naturalistic fiction and redefined its principles for their own purposes. Bitter Tastes looks at examples from Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, Ellen Glasgow, and others and positions their work within the naturalistic canon that arose near the turn of the twentieth century.
Campbell further places these women writers in a broader context by tracing their relationship to early film, which, like naturalism, claimed the ability to represent elemental social truths through a documentary method. Women had a significant presence in early film and constituted 40 percent of scenario writers—in many cases they also served as directors and producers. Campbell explores the features of naturalism that assumed special prominence in women’s writing and early film and how the work of these early naturalists diverged from that of their male counterparts in important ways.
Kim, Sharon. “The Dark Flash: Epiphany and Heredity in The House of Mirth.”
Literary Epiphany in the Novel, 1850-1950: Constellations of the Soul. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
The book chapter is a revised and updated version of the article,
“Lamarckism and the Construction of Transcendence in The House of Mirth.” Studies in the Novel 38 (2006): 187-210.
Drizou, Myrto. “Citizenship in ‘The Land of Letters’: Edith Wharton’s Literary Home in Exile.” Critical Insights: American Writers in Exile. Ed. Jeff Birkenstein and Robert C. Hauhart. Ipswich: Salem Press, 2015. 73-87. Print.
Wharton’s 1917 novel, Summer, is now available as an Oxford World Classics from Oxford University Press, edited and with an extensive introduction by Laura Rattray (University of Glasgow). The only edition to reprint Wharton’s preferred text, the first UK edition, it also features an extensive chronology, up-to-date bibliography and notes informed by the latest scholarship.
“The ending is harsh, indeed shocking on account of a theme of incest which haunts the narrative, yet the psychology of the novel is far ahead of its time, beautifully expressed, and still instructive as to the fate of women in societies where they have no agency or power. Wharton fans will not be disappointed.” – Oxford Today, Richard Lofthouse “So, there’s lots here to ponder, and lots to enjoy. This edition has an excellent and informative introduction by Laura Rattray, plus all the textual and explanatory notes, chronologies, and bibliographies any curious person could possibly want.” – Harriet Devine, Shiny New Books
Further details available here: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198709985.do