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 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/
Happy birthday to Edith Wharton, born January 24, 1862.
CFP: Edith Wharton and the Fin de Siècle (MLA 2016; Deadline 3.15.15)
The Edith Wharton Society invites papers addressing Wharton’s relationship to the fin de siècle. Presentations might address Wharton’s engagements with decadence, aestheticism, realism and/or naturalism, the bachelor dandy, the femme fatale, the New Woman, degeneration, vampirism, hysteria, art nouveau, other fin-de-siècle writers, and so on. Please send 250-word abstracts and brief bio to Emily Orlando at email@example.com by 15 March.
Liminal Spaces, Liminal Experiences in Edith Wharton’s Work. Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society.
Wharton’s attention to the interconnectedness of space and experience has long been noted by scholars. This panel focuses on the experiences that constrain or hem in Wharton’s characters, including but not limited to factors of class, gender, age, profession, education, health, and/or sexuality. To what degree are characters’ experiences reinforced, hybridized, or expanded within the spaces in which they dwell or in those sites that they craft for themselves? Send 200-300 word proposals and short cv’s to Paul Ohler (Paul.Ohler@kpu.ca) and Emily Orlando (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 10. All panel members will be expected to join the Edith Wharton Society by the date of the conference.
From Facebook via Sharon Kehl Califano:
The Smithsonian Channel will premier “Million Dollar American Princesses” on January 4th, which includes a profile of Jennie Jerome, the American mother of Winston Churchill who married into the British aristocracy. For Edith Wharton (and Henry James), this was an important topic–American young women who married European aristocrats–and one that provided ample material for her novels, such as The Age of Innocence, The Custom of the Country, and The Buccaneers.