Category Archives: Online Events

Online Events: Mock Trial of Ethan Frome (2/12/21)

By way of introduction, I am an attorney who practices in Gainesville, Florida, who also teaches prelaw courses at University of Florida, including a course that I designed called Law and Literature.  In this course, the class studies literary texts which contain legal issues that are never addressed by the respective author.  The students analyze these legal issues, research the apposite law, and draft legal briefs in support of their position.  A mock trial is then conducted at the end of each unit.

On Friday (2/12/21), one of my classes will conduct the mock trial of Ethan Frome.  Wharton’s eponymous protagonist has been criminally charged with attempted first and second degree murder.  In addition, Mattie Silver has filed two civil claims against Mr. Frome, alleging that his gross negligence caused the paralysis that she suffered as a result of that fateful toboggan ride.  The class has already deposed a tobogganing manufacturer as an expert witness.

I am wondering if you and anyone else affiliated with the Wharton Society would  be interested in either serving as a juror for Mr. Frome’s mock trial or simply watching it on Zoom.  If so, please contact me at your convenience and I will be happy to elaborate.  I apologize for the late notice.  Please find below links to some media coverage that the Law and Literature class has received.  I hope to hear from you soon.

–Bernie O’Donnell

odonnellb@ufl.edu

https://www.gainesville.com/news/20190227/students-argue-jekylls-guilt-innocence-in-mock-trial

https://mycbs4.com/news/local/uf-students-argue-case-involving-dr-jekyll-during-mock-trial

Edith Wharton Online Event: At Edith’s Table (February 11, 2021)

This online program will be streamed live via Zoom. Registration closes one hour prior to the event start time.

In this illustrated online talk, writer and food historian, Carl Raymond will present an overview of how food and dining are represented in Wharton’s major fiction and memoir.

Attendees will get a sense of how Wharton used food and dining to convey character and background in passages from some of her most memorable work.  Raymond will also present examples from Wharton’s own life including food memories from her childhood as well as insight into how she designed her own dining rooms and her thoughts on entertaining. In addition, attendees will come away with a glimpse of how dining functioned in the overall Gilded Age society and how it defined social class.

Edith Wharton Online Event: Virtual Book Talk with Julie Olin-Ammentorp (February 18, 2021)

Virtual Book Talk with Julie Olin-Ammentorp

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 – 7:00PM

Price:$5.00

Join us for an enlightening book talk with Julie Olin-Ammentorp, who will discuss her book Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and the Place of Culture. Olin-Ammentorp will be joined by National Willa Cather Center archivist Tracy Tucker, as she discusses the at once parallel and distinct lives of two of America’s greatest writers. Ticket holders will receive a Zoom link to this event before the event’s start time. All virtual events are scheduled for central standard time. 

More information at https://www.willacather.org/events/virtual-book-talk-julie-olin-ammentorp-0

Edith Wharton Online Event: Dr Paul Ohler on ‘Edith Wharton’s Early Short Stories’ Thursday 21 January 2021 (12 pm EST/ 5pm UK)

From Jennifer Haytock via wharton-l:

Edith Wharton’s Birthday Talk
Dr Paul Ohler on ‘Edith Wharton’s Early Short Stories’
Thursday 21 January 2021 (12 pm EST/ 5pm UK) 

A Joint Event with the Edith Wharton Society and the Transatlantic Literary Women 

To celebrate the week of Edith Wharton’s birthday, the Edith Wharton Society and the Transatlantic Literary Women are joining forces to hold a special talk with renowned Wharton scholar and editor, Dr Paul Ohler. Everyone’s invited!  

If you’re interested in Edith Wharton, short stories, late nineteenth/early twentieth century literature, publishing history, genre, then trust us: you will NOT want to miss Paul’s talk on Wharton’s often neglected early short stories! Please spread the word. 

In a well-known letter of 1902, Henry James admonished Edith Wharton to take up the “American subject [and] Do New York! The 1st-hand account is precious.” It was somewhat redundant advice, given that she had already published six short stories set in the city. In fact, Wharton had devoted immense energy to the genre for over a decade by the time of James’s letter, publishing her first story in 1891, when “Mrs. Manstey’s View” appeared in Scribner’s Magazine. By 1903 she had published thirty more, most of which remain little read. Focussing on “Mrs. Manstey’s View”, “The Duchess at Prayer”, and “A Cup of Cold Water”, this talk outlines Wharton’s work in the genre during the first phase of her career. Subjects will include the variety of characters and situations in Wharton’s stories, their range of geographical and historical settings, the array of modes—realist, naturalist, historical, dramatic, gothic—Wharton worked in, and the tonal variety of tales that rely on irony, parody, humor, pathos, and terror to achieve their effects. 

Paul Ohler teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, British Columbia. He is the author of Edith Wharton’s Evolutionary Conception: Darwinian Allegory in Her Major Novels (Routledge), and articles and book chapters on Wharton, including an essay in America’s Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture (U of Georgia Press). His current projects include editing Volume 2, Short Stories I: 1891-1903 of The Complete Works of Edith Wharton, which is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant. His most recent essay, “Creative Process and Literary Form in Edith Wharton’s Archive” appears in The New Edith Wharton Studies edited by Jennifer Haytock and Laura Rattray (CUP 2020). He is editor of the Edith Wharton Review and past president of the Edith Wharton Society.  

If you’d like to join us, please email: transatlantic.women@gmail.com and we’ll send you a secure Zoom link in the week of the event. 

Edith Wharton Online Event: Maureen Montgomery on The Buccaneers and English Country Houses, November 5.

From Maureen Montgomery:
I’m doing a webinar for the Newport Preservation Society on 5 November at 5.30 pm ET on The Buccaneers and English country houses.  It is for a general audience but perhaps some of our colleagues in the EW Society might like to join the webinar.
Here is the link to the NPS website with the relevant information about the talk and how to register.  It is free.  I did check with the NPS that I could advertise it to Whartonites.
https://www.newportmansions.org/learn/adult-program

Ngā Mihi

Maureen

Edith Wharton Online Event: Dr. Laura Rattray Book Launch, October 28

If you’re free on Wed 28 Oct (5pm UK time), I hope you’ll be able to join us in conversation “at” the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford. 

Details and registration below:https://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/event/book-launch-edith-wharton-and-genre

All best- Laura

Dr. Laura RattrayReader in American LiteratureSchool of Critical StudiesUniversity of Glasgow4 University GardensGlasgow G12 8QQ