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Edith Wharton Society Panels at ALA 2015

Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Panels for ALA Boston 2015

1. Cultural Exchange in Edith Wharton’s Life and Work

Organized by the Edith Wharton Society

Chair: Hildegard Hoeller, City University of New York–The Graduate Center and CSI

1.     “Return Trip of Culture: Morocco/France/Morocco,” Ferdâ Asya, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

2.     “Edith Wharton, The Valley of Decision, and the Transatlantic Romantic Revival,” Nathaniel Cadle, Florida International University

3.     “‘The gift you can’t escape from’: debt and the (im)possibility of redemption in Edith Wharton’s The Touchstone,”  Anna Girling, Univeristy of Edingburgh

2. Edith Wharton and the First World War

Organized by the Edith Wharton Society

Chair:  Paul Ohler, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

1.     “Edith Wharton’s Ecologies of War,” Mary Carney, University of North Georgia

2.     “Avoiding the Wooden Crosses: Fighting France and Edith Wharton’s Uncomfortable Propaganda,” Alice Kelly, Yale University

3.     “‘Eyes that have seen what one dare not picture:’ How Wharton and Hemingway tell a true war story in ‘Coming Home’ and ‘Soldier’s Home,’” Maureen E. Montgomery, Salve Regina University

SAMLA 2015– Call for Papers

Writing (of) Women’s Bodies: Wharton and Early Twentieth-Century Feminism

In keeping with the SAMLA theme, “In Concert: Literature and other Arts,” this panel seeks papers which consider Edith Wharton’s work in the context of the growing voice of feminism of her time. In this panel, we are interested in papers which explore the connections between Wharton’s treatment of female bodies and the context of early twentieth century feminism. We encourage a broad interpretation of this theme, including (but not limited to) the role of sexuality in her work, to her work as a war correspondent, to even the material realities of her characters’ lives. By June 15, 2015, please submit a 250-300 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Monica Miller,

From the FAQ: Did Edith Wharton once say, “If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time?”

Did Edith Wharton once say, “If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time?”

Not quite, but she did express this sentiment in “The Last Asset” (1904): The old gentleman made a contemptuous motion. “Possibilities of what? Of being multifariously miserable? There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there’s only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a fairly good time.”

Revised CFP: Edith Wharton and the Fin de Siècle (MLA in Austin, TX, 2016; Deadline 3.15.15)

Call for Papers: Edith Wharton and the Fin de Siècle (MLA in Austin, TX, 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 2015.  All panelists will be expected to join the Edith Wharton Society by the date of the conference.

EWS Welcomes New Officers and Executive Board Members

The Edith Wharton Society welcomes its new and continuing officers and Executive Board members:
Officers (2015-2017)

  • President Emily Orlando Fairfield University
  • Immediate Past President Meredith Goldsmith Ursinus University
  • Vice President Paul Ohler Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Secretary Melanie Dawson College of William & Mary
  • Treasurer Carole Shaffer-Koros Kean University
    Ex Officio Members of the Executive Board
  • Editor of the Edith Wharton Review Meredith Goldsmith Ursinus University
  • Webmaster Donna Campbell Washington State University

Current At-large Executive Board Members

  • Arielle Zibrak, University of Wyoming (January 1, 2015-January 1, 2017)
  • Shannon Brennan, UCLA (January 1, 2015-January 1, 2017)
  • Mary Carney University of North Georgia (June 1, 2014-June 1, 2016)
  • Sharon Kim Judson University (June 1, 2014-June 1, 2016)