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Edith Wharton Review back issues to be removed by 12/31/15

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.

Sad news for Wharton scholars: Shari Gabrielson Goodmann (Shari Benstock)

nogiftsFrom Irene Goldman-Price:

The Mount has received word yesterday from Tom Goodmann saying that his wife, Shari Gabrielson Goodmann, known to us as Shari Benstock, passed away early Tuesday morning, May 26th, quietly at home, following complications related to early-onset dementia, with which she was diagnosed in July 2004.  Many of us remember her as a bright light, and her work has been an important contribution to Wharton studies.  Tom can be reached at

 I hope you will post this on the list-serv.

Many thanks,


CFP: Edith Wharton and the Fin de Siècle (MLA 2016; Deadline 3.15.15)

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 by 15 March.

CFP for SSAWW 2015 Proposed Panel: Liminal Spaces, Liminal Experiences in Edith Wharton’s Work (2.10.15)

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 ( and Emily Orlando ( by February 10.  All panel members will be expected to join the Edith Wharton Society by the date of the conference. 

Edith Wharton Society Panel at MLA (January 9, 2015, in Vancouver, BC)

Edith Wharton Society Panel
MLA Session 185
Edith Wharton and Sex

Friday, 9 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 207, VCC West

Program arranged by the Edith Wharton Society

Presiding: Emily J. Orlando, Fairfield Univ.

1. “Wharton in Times Square: The House of Mirth‘s Erotic Public,” Jennie Lightweis-Goff, Tulane Univ.

2. “The Woman Who Hated Sex: Undine Spragg and the Trouble with ‘Bother,'” Arielle Zibrak, Univ. of Wyoming

3. “Wharton, Sex, and the Terrible Honesty of the 1920s,” Melanie V. Dawson, Coll. of William and Mary

4. “Sexual Violence and Ghostly Justice in ‘The Lady’s Maid’s Bell’ and ‘Kerfol,'” Paul Joseph Ohler, Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.